Recovery, Renewal, Resilience

Lessons for Resilience

Consider including the community in planning, preparing and monitoring disaster risk
Planning for recovery
Implementing recovery

Views from the Frontline (VFL) found that many communities feel that they would benefit significantly if they were to be included in the planning, preparing and monitoring of disaster risk interventions. Communities, and the people within them, are acutely aware of their vulnerabilities and will have diverse needs and priorities. By including the community in the development of plans and actions, local governments can recognise these diversities and directly respond through policies and interventions. Further, inclusion and co-operation can increase a community's awareness of the valuable resources that are available to them before, during and after disasters. Consider:

  • Facilitate regular interaction of local government with communities and grassroots organisations in decision-making processes and disaster risk reduction programmes:
    • Establish community consultations/workshops
  • Engage and involve local stakeholders in the preparation of local policies, plans and actions aimed at disaster risk management:
    • Ensure the adoption of an inclusive approach when doing so, e.g. including volunteers, marginalised people (women, children, people with disabilities, migrants, older people, LGBTQI+)
  • Collate knowledge and ideas, and generate collective action between local government and communities on what is required to address different types of disaster risk:
    • Collaborative knowledge sharing and action can mitigate threats, address vulnerabilities and improve the community's sense of security and safety
  • Involve local knowledge of communities to improve risk mapping, generate local ownership and empowerment, and increase awareness and preparedness:
    • In Tanzania, local residents carry out remote detection to identify sanitation issues in rural areas by sending SMS messages to local engineers and media outlets
    • This raises the awareness of local people quickly to potential risks and enables local authorities to monitor water supplies remotely and at a lower cost
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