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Geoneon16 January 2023< 1 min read

What is Community Resilience to Natural Disasters?

Community resilience to #naturalhazards refers to the ability of a community to prepare for, withstand, and recover from the impacts of natural disasters. This can include measures such as risk assessment and planning, building codes and land-use planning, public education and outreach, early warning systems, emergency management, and post-disaster recovery and reconstruction. It also includes the capacity of the community to provide basic services, such as food, water, and medical care, during and after a disaster. Technical measures that can enhance resilience include hardening of infrastructure and buildings, development of redundant systems, and the use of natural systems (such as wetlands, dunes, and forests) to reduce risk. Additionally, community resilience can be enhanced through investments in social capital, such as strong networks of mutual aid, trust, and social cohesion.

With new climate change impact and climatic disaster events up almost daily, even seasoned practitioners are bound to run into a term or acronym that leaves them thinking. For those head-scratching moments, we are creating the ultimate glossary #DisasterRiskReduction and #ClimateChangeAdaptation terms: