Author Affiliations: RAND Corporation, Arlington, Virginia.
With mounting costs and consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and with increasing feelings of hopelessness and depression among those most severely affected,1 questions emerge about how the affected communities will recover. Also questioned is how long recovery—physical, psychological, and social—will take. Answering these questions assumes a realistic and robust plan for recovery. However, the United States does not yet have such a plan, or the requisite capabilities to put a recovery plan in motion.2
Chandra A, Acosta JD. Disaster Recovery Also Involves Human Recovery. JAMA. 2010;304(14):1608–1609. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1456