Disasters can and do happen. Small, rural, remote and coastal communities have been affected by hurricanes, wildfires, water contamination and an assortment of other hazards. Resource-based jobs have often disappeared and families have moved to larger urban centres. Some communities have slowly disappeared while others have flourished. What makes the difference? Why are some communities more resilient to disasters and change? How can you help your community survive and prosper?
Disaster resilience refers to a communitya��s ability to anticipate, and where possible, prevent or at least minimize the potential damage a disaster might cause.A� It involves how well a community can cope with the effects of a disaster if it occurs, to maintain certain basic functions and structures during the disaster, and to recover and adapt to the changes that result. Click Here to Read More
Disaster resilience includes knowing what hazards (such as forest fires, diseases, floods, chemical spills) the community might face, and being prepared for them.A� It also includes having an up to date and well-developed Emergency Plan, and an emergency planning process that reflects the knowledge, needs, and issues of the entire community.
Disaster resilience is more than hazard preparedness however. It also involves a wide range of a communitya��s strengths, including the type of people who live there and the resources a community has.A� Many rural communities have characteristics that make them more resistant to the effects of disaster, such as self-reliance, a wide variety of skills and equipment, and caring for one another. Characteristics like these can be strengthened. Resources can be built or acquired.A� This will make the community itself more resilient.A� Often, a truly resilient community is stronger after it recovers from a catastrophe.
Building community disaster resilience is an ongoing, year-round process aimed at strengthening the communitya��s ability to respond to disaster.
The Rural Disaster Resilience Planning (RDRP) approach has been designed with rural communities in mind. The RDRP process includes a user-friendly guide to help you work through the various steps to increase resiliency in your community including:
Step 1: Getting Started – what steps to take in preparing for disaster resilience planning.
Step 2: Resilience Assessment – how to assess what disasters are likely to take place and your community’s current state of resiliency.
Step 3: Building a Resilience Plan – identifying strategies and goals for building resilience in your community.
Step 4: Plan Implementation – how to develop an Action Plan to help your community increase its overall resiliency and adopt strategies to help the community survive a disaster.
This website contains all of the information you require to complete the 4 steps outlined in the diagram. Here are some instructions on using the site:
Below are five short tutorial videos on how to use the Rural Disaster Resilience Planning (RDRP) website.