Community resilience explained

What is community resilience?

Community Resilience is a complex topic so there's not just one definition. When defining community resilience we prefer to use the definition provided by the Australian Government's Social Inclusion Board:

Community resilience means the capacity of communities to respond positively to crises. It is the ability of a community to adapt to pressures and transform itself in a way which makes it more sustainable in the future. Rather than simply 'survive' the stressor or change, a resilient community might respond in creative ways that fundamentally transform the basis of the community.

Why do we need community resilience?

The severity of a disaster is determined by both the scale of the disaster and the level of community preparedness. Australia is vulnerable to a variety of shocks and natural disasters. Community resilience is critical in minimising the effect of these disasters and contributes to a quicker, more effective response.

How do we build community resilience?

There is no hard and fast rule how to build community resilience however it is best strengthened continuously, not just in times of crisis. It involves people getting together to create sustainable links within their community.

How do I know if my community is resilient?

The level of interconnectedness between members of a community is a key component and indicator of the level of community resilience. For example, do you know your neighbours? Are you actively involved in your local community? Do you know what to do before, during and after a natural disaster?

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