Communities that lead their own resilience plans are more successful in planning and preparing for extreme weather events and responding to and recovering from disasters if they occur. Pre-disaster planning alongside post-disaster recovery has the potential to play a valuable role in preparation and prevention.
Strong community resilience plans are multi-dimensional and address the social, economic, natural and physical environment. They focus on how communities can safely coexist with fires and floods and take action to mitigate their effects. A strong community resilience plan will help each community to:
We see an opportunity to partner with government agencies and other organisations to support communities on the ground to build upon and extend existing community resilience-building initiatives. We can provide consistent frameworks that can be localised to each community, to help them build disaster resilience – from prediction and preparation to response and recovery.