Empowering communities and individuals in planning, coordinating and re-building during disasters


Empowered communities and individuals who are proactive in planning, coordinating and re-building during disasters can be assisted to manage their own localities, or they can be more formally involved in large-scale efforts. Numerous case studies demonstrate valuable lessons in how disaster managers collaborate with and train communities, years before disaster strikes, to enable them to best design and operationalise a disaster plan themselves. The guiding principles suggest that communities, not disaster management authorities are best placed to understand, manage and take advantage of the unique collective way of life of the community, for the best outcomes in a disaster.

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Applicable to:

Cultural Factors: Local knowledge, Livelihoods

Hazards: Natural hazards, Man-made non-intentional hazards or emergency situations, Man-made intentional hazards

Disaster Phases: Prevention, Preparedness

Types of Actors Concerned: National civil protection body, Local authorities, Non-active citizens, Active citizens, Government, Red Cross, NGOs, Military, Law enforcement agencies, Healthcare and emergency services, European Civil Protection Mechanism, UN and other international organisations