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Welcome to the second week in this course on Community Preparedness, Recovery and Resilience: An Introduction.

Last week we began by exploring the factors that influence the impact of disasters on communities and discussed the importance of considering vulnerability carefully.

We ended the week asking you about the relationship between vulnerability and resilience. Though it is easy to assume they are opposites, it should not necessarily be seen as such.

Manyena (2006) proposed that resilience can be seen as a process leading to a desired outcome. This week we introduce the notion that resilience is ‘a way of being’ or process that can be facilitated or stymied by practitioners.

In order to begin to understand the process we must first consider individual and community capacity to be able to cope with disaster, as this may not only offset disaster impacts but may reveal that the community is not as vulnerable as assumed. Capacities are key in community resilience.

This week you will:

  • Analyse how those impacted ‘cope’ with disaster

  • Define community resilience and discuss its relationship with community development

  • Explore different approaches for building community resilience

  • Examine the steps that can be taken to improve resilience in your own community


Manyena, S. B. (2006) ‘The Concept of Resilience Revisited’. Disasters 30 (4), 434-450

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