|Abstract||When disasters strike communities, survival of citizens and businesses is greatly threatened. Because disasters affect virtually every part of a community and threaten lives, it is vital to set in place practices and relationships to create disaster-resilient communities by focusing on the actions that must occur before, during, and after a disaster strikes. Currently, organizations and the government work together to attempt to provide relief for communities, but these relationships and efforts are not nearly as effective as they could be. Previous research has looked at the needs in each of the disaster phases, but applying theories to each disaster phase to guide their actions and support the specific needs of the phase has not been looked at. This research aims to fill this gap by looking at how transaction cost economics, social capital theory, actor oriented architecture, and agency theory can be applied to each disaster phase to allow groups involved in disaster relief to make better decisions and more effectively prepare for, react to, and recover from disasters. By doing this research, the problems that communities have previously seen after a disaster strikes will be less severe and suffering that occurs among people and businesses post-disaster will be reduced, which will be a great improvement for our communities and society overall.