Recovery begins right after the emergency and the goal is to return people’s lives and activities to as much normal as possible and protect against future catastrophes. Long-term recovery includes restoring economic activity and rebuilding community and country functions, businesses, and facilities.
Eventually, as the emergency is brought under control, the affected population can start undertaking an increasing number of activities aimed at restoring their lives to normal. There will be many opportunities during the recovery period to improve prevention and increase preparedness, thus reducing imminent reversion or future vulnerability.
Mobility analytics making use of cellular intelligence from mobile networks is one way of meeting the needs of government agencies managing emergencies. By using mobility analytics, the agency can plan, monitor and effectively evaluate movements across a city, region, or country. It will provide measure of the recovery progress for each step of the recovery plan.
Recovery activities continue until all systems return to normal or better. Lessons learned are turned into preparedness for future crisis management.
One important lesson learned during the Covid-19 pandemic, is the value of analyzing mobile phones movement in order to understand where people are, where they are going, where they have been and last but not least, how they respond to health authorities measures and directives.
Tools supporting improved recovery will become a “must” for nations in handling the current pandemic and preparing for future crisis scenarios.