There are many different kinds of communities, including communities of place, interest, belief and circumstance. Communities are dynamic — they change over time and interact in different ways. Each community is different, as is the context for engaging the community.
The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) is developing the new Community Engagement for Disaster Resilience Handbook. The handbook will incorporate the review of two handbooks and a manual:
- Communicating with People with a Disability – National Guidelines for Emergency Managers (2013)
- National Strategy for Disaster Resilience – Community Engagement Framework (2013)
- Guidelines for Emergency Management in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (2007).
The new handbook will provide guidance on national principles and practices for community engagement, communication and inclusion for disaster resilience in Australia.
The revised handbook will draw on and complement current and ongoing activity in community engagement, communication and inclusion, and will also build on the capability and knowledge of organisations and individuals across the disaster resilience sector.