Enhancing disaster resilience and adaptability 

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Year: 
2012
Author: 
Helen Boon, Joanne Millar, David Lake, Alison Cottrell and David King

This factsheet describes the implementation and findings of a project that examined the community resilience of four disaster impacted communities: Beechworth (bushfire) and Bendigo (drought) in Victoria and Ingham (flood) and Innisfail (cyclone) in Queensland [see full report].The resilience of each community and its residents was enhanced or decreased by characteristics unique to that community. Nevertheless, each of the four communities retained a stable population despite the impact of disasters, suggesting individuals remaining in the community were resilient and the four communities were resilient overall. Resilience was found to be both an individual trait and a process. Being resilient was strongly linked to adaptability and having a sense of place. Important indirect influences on resilience are: financial capacity, family and neighbour support, communications, climate change knowledge and trust in communication sources. A number of key findings and recommendations resulting from this project are contained within the factsheet.

Resource Type: 
Case studies
Factsheet
Location: 
Queensland
Victoria
Topics: 
Bushfire
Communities
Drought
Flooding
Local government
Storms, cyclones

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