The World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery have launched the manual Safer Homes, Stronger Communities: A Handbook for Reconstructing after Natural Disasters. It was prepared to assist policy makers and project managers responsible for rebuilding homes and communities after major disasters. The book argues that reconstruction after a disaster begins with a series of decisions that must be made immediately and emphasizes the importance of establishing policy that will guide an effective process. Effective rebuilding is possible only after alternatives have been assessed in collaboration with stakeholders, and once standards for reconstruction have been established. The handbook gives guidelines on developing the content of reconstruction policies, mechanisms for communicating effectively with partners, and adapting and monitoring the implementation of policies. The manual can be downloaded at: