Review of the week

Well done for completing the first week of this course.

This week we have discussed how the wider public view those affected by disasters and asked whether the smaller ‘everyday’ disasters could have the same cumulative effect as larger headline-grabbing disasters. We have explored the trends in global disasters and examined how the response to these has changed over recent years. We have also asked how communities could prepare for the increasing global risk of climate change and seen how, by building on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, risks could be reduced and resilience of communities increased.

You have also been introduced to two case studies, one in Great Yarmouth, UK – an example of resilience building in a high-income country – and the second in South Sudan, a country undergoing a complex humanitarian emergency.

In the second part of this week we have explored the concept of vulnerability. You have discussed its definition, how those who are vulnerable are identified and examined stereotyping that should be avoided.

Finally we asked you how vulnerability and resilience were related.

Next 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

Time to reflect

  • As you have come to the end of the week, it is useful to reflect on what you have learned.

  • What was good or useful this week in expanding your understanding of community resilience?

  • What questions arose for you?

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Community Preparedness, Recovery and Resilience: An Introduction

Coventry University