Resilience to Hazards

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House building at the rural-urban interface
House building at the rural-urban interface

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This project will develop an index of the current state of disaster resilience in Australian communities – the Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index.

Resilience is the capacity of individuals and communities to cope with disturbances or changes and to maintain adaptive behaviours. Australia’s National Strategy for Disaster Resilience (NSDR) takes an internationally progressive approach in the application of a disaster resilience paradigm. This strategy gives communities greater options and diversity in managing natural hazards, and places natural hazard preparation, prevention, response and recovery in the context of societies learning from and adapting to change.

The NSDR recognises four characteristics of disaster resilient communities: 1) they function well while under stress 2) they adapt successfully 3) they are self-reliant and 4) they have strong social capacity. Building these characteristics of disaster resilient communities is seen as a shared responsibility among individuals, households, businesses, governments and communities. Yet how could progress towards the development of these characteristics be assessed? Where are the areas of high and low disaster resilience in Australia? How could investments to develop disaster resilience be prioritised, evaluated and reported?

This project is developing an index of the current state of disaster resilience in Australian communities – the Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index.

The Index is a tool for assessing the resilience of communities to natural hazards at a large scale and is designed to provide input into to macro-level policy, strategic planning and community engagement activities at national, state and local government levels.

First, it is a snapshot of the current state of natural hazard resilience at a national scale. Second, it is a layer of information for use in strategic policy development and planning. Third, it provides a benchmark against which to assess future change in resilience to natural hazards. Understanding resilience strengths and weaknesses will help communities, governments and organisations to build the capacities needed for living with natural hazards.

Deliverables will include development of disaster resilience indicators, maps of disaster resilience at multiples scales, a state of disaster resilience report, and examples that use the Index in a natural hazard resilience planning context. The project has produced two journal articles and two conference papers, and has presented at nine industry seminars.

AJEM October 2016 cover
26 October, 2016
Many peer-reviewed papers from the AFAC16 powered by INTERSCHUTZ Research Forum have been published in a special edition of the Australian Journal of Emergency Management.
14 September, 2016
New journal articles and reports on CRC research are available online.
16 August, 2016
New journal articles and reports on CRC research are available online.
15 March, 2016
New journal articles and reports on CRC research are available.
CRC workshop on resilience in Ngukurr, NT
15 June, 2015
I gratefully attended the CRC workshop held recently at Ngukurr in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, to explore the linkages between my resilience project and related studies that are being conducted by CRC researchers out of Charles Darwin University.
Workshop participants at Ngukurr.
5 June, 2015
CRC researchers have spent four days deep in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory discussing the community resilience studies underway in the communities of Ngukurr and Gunbalanya.
Tony with firefighters from the Kakunodate Fire Department.
16 April, 2015
With the prospect of being able to joining in a range of public events, the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai has been a target of mine for a while.
The Australian natural disaster resilience index: A system for assessing the resilience of Australian communities to natural hazards
25 Aug 2014

Resilient communities will be better able to anticipate hazards, withstand adversity, reduce losses and adapt and learn in a changing environment.

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The Australian Natural Disaster Resilience Index: Assessing the Resilience of Australian Communities to Natural Hazards
18 Aug 2015

Resilient communities are better able to anticipate hazards, withstand adversity, reduce losses and recover From natural hazard events. The Australian natural disaster resilience index is a system of indicators that WILL assess and report the resilience of Australian communities to natural hazards.

Melissa Parsons Conference Poster 2016
12 Aug 2016

The Australian natural disaster resilience index (ANDRI) will assess the state of disaster resilience in Australia.

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