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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds In a location, we have all of these resources, but really what we need in order to be able to make use of them are an ability, so our skills and our knowledge, and our access. And these resources, ability and access come together to give us our capacity.

Skip to 0 minutes and 31 seconds CEO Center 81: “Our role is to help people reconnect and be part of their local community. We look to see in the event of an emergency, what could we do, what should we do. That’s one of our strengths - being able to offer a safe evacuation for individuals that the world would see as vulnerable people.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 seconds Practitioner: “We need to change our mindset, so we see things more from the perspective of effective people. I’d better still work with effective people in terms of working out what their real needs are, you know, if you’re in water supply as an engineer, the answer must be water or if you’re in shelter, the answer must be shelter. But what people may be looking for, may be somewhat different”

Skip to 1 minute and 26 seconds It’s interesting - isn’t it? How keeping communities capacities at the heart of our projects really shifts our viewpoint. And how having that focus can really strengthen people’s resilience. But it’s really important that we remember that community and resilience are different things. We need to separate them and if we understand all about our community, we’re in a much better place to help them become more resilient. Over the rest of the program on Community, Preparedness, Recovery and Resilience we’ll be delving further into how practitioners can work alongside their communities, through the preparedness and recovery phases to ensure interventions are locally appropriate and that they’re sustainable in the long term.

Skip to 2 minutes and 14 seconds We will hear more from community members in Norfolk, who were tackling the challenges of coastal erosion, tidal surges and inland flooding through improved social engagement.

Skip to 2 minutes and 27 seconds Neighbourhood Manager: “There’s a lot of link up with people being active in their community, and us building resilience in the long term. Primarily, if people know each other, so whether that’s because they go to coffee morning together or because they attend a flood event together. If they know each other they’re inherently more resilient”. We’re going to learn more about how the Institute of Migration handles community engagement initiatives in South Sudan.

Skip to 2 minutes and 51 seconds Practitioner: “What do affected people, and of course, affected people intersectional. Things we did to help was make sure that sometimes the groups were divided into women only, men only or mixed groups to see what different discussions might come out. And sometimes looking at voting systems, secret ballots for voting on certain propositions. People very much like that as well. So stay with us, and we’ll learn more about this central topic. We’ll provide you with a toolkit and help you develop your capabilities to be able to work with the communities that we serve.

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In the video, El Parker thanks you for taking part in the course and concludes by inviting you to consider continuing your study with Coventry University Online.

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This is the introductory two-week course of the program Community Preparedness Recovery and Resilience which forms part of both the MSc Emergency Management and Resilience and the MSc Disaster Management and Resilience online degrees offered by Coventry University.

They are fully online postgraduate courses aimed at humanitarian emergency professionals who want to deepen their knowledge and acquire internationally-recognised qualifications.

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Community Preparedness, Recovery and Resilience: An Introduction

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