The Community Based Disaster Management approach


Community Based Disaster Management (CBDM) is an approach that entails a community-based participation in identification, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, and reconstruction activities related to potential and/or experienced natural hazards. CBDM promotes a bottom-up approach working in harmony with the top-down approach, to address challenges and difficulties. CBDM tries to integrate disaster risk factors into development planning at all levels so that the disaster management would not stand apart from the development process; therefore, to be as effective as possible, local communities must be supported in analysing their hazardous conditions, their vulnerabilities and capacities and in deciding how to intervene at the different stages (preparedness, response and recovery, and reconstruction); therefore, an empowerment process should be promoted and/or supported.

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