When disasters strike, the pain and loss are immense, and the road to recovery can seem long and daunting. Disasters can also reveal resilience and dedication to community, even when it had been hidden or taken for granted. BNIM recognizes that it is demanding to think about long-term planning when immediate recovery needs are so pressing. Through smart decision making, strategic action, and a powerful community dialogue, however, our experience has shown that citizens can respond with a new shared vision that strengthens their communities for the future. A good planning effort allows the community to leverage the impact of every project and maximize the potential success of the entire recovery effort.