Disaster resilience cannot be developed for, or on behalf of, communities but relies on the sharing of information, understanding, decision-making, responsibility and resourcing within and between communities and partners.
Community engagement is a critical component of emergency management and action to reduce disaster risk and strengthen resilience. The new Community Engagement for Disaster Resilience handbook presents nationally agreed principles of community engagement for disaster resilience and provides high-level guidance to support those who engage with communities at all phases of disaster. It draws on contemporary knowledge, skills, and good practice from the fields of public participation, community development, emergency management, disaster risk reduction and disaster resilience.
The guidance presented in the Handbook reflects strengths-based, inclusive approaches that improve the quality and effectiveness of community engagement practices and maximise inclusion and participation to achieve effective disaster resilience outcomes.
The handbook incorporates a review of and supersedes the following publications:
- Communicating with People with a Disability: National Guidelines for Emergency Managers (2013)
- National Strategy for Disaster Resilience: Community Engagement Framework (2013)
- Manual 44 - Guidelines for Emergency Management in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities (2007).