DOI: 10.12924/cis2013.01020072 |Publication Date: 29 January 2014
Building Disaster Resilience: Steps toward Sustainability
|Department of Geography, University of South Carolina, USA|
Abstract: Disaster losses continue to escalate globally and in many regions human losses (death, injury, permanent displacement) often exceed the economic toll. Current disaster policies are reactive with a short-term focus―respond and rebuild as quickly as possible and in the same way after the event. Such policies ignore the longer-term approach of building disaster-resilient communities, in which investments made now show financial and social returns later by reducing the impact of disasters. This article provides a vision for resilient nations in 2030 based on three recent policy reports. It highlights the necessary steps towards achieving sustainability using the lens of disaster resilience as the pathway towards strengthening communities' ability to prepare and plan for, absorb, respond to, and recover from present and future disasters.
Keywords: disaster resilience; Hyogo Framework for Action; risk management; sustainable development