Natural Hazards

, Volume 69, Issue 3, pp 1389–1404 | Cite as

Embedding resilience in emergency resource management to cope with natural hazards

  • Xin MiaoEmail author
  • David Banister
  • Yanhong Tang
Original Paper


Emergency resource management, as a critical way of decreasing loss from natural hazards, has encountered some deficiencies in practice. The purpose of this paper is to develop strategies to improve emergency resource management by referring the resilience perspective, so that the severity of the consequences of natural hazards can be reduced. This paper firstly makes commentary on emergency resource management and resilience thinking. Next, it gives a concise retrospect of four disasters caused by natural hazards to illustrate the typical practical gaps. Then, it uses the literature and facts to present potential approaches for embedding resilience in emergency resource management to cope with natural hazards. The paper identifies the approaches and determinants for building resilience strategies for emergency resource management, and it provides an essential element for ensuring the successful practices of emergency response. It harmonizes the two fields of emergency management and resilience thinking, and provides new insights into best practice for proactive preparation and response to natural hazards.


Disaster aid Emergency resource management Emergency response Natural hazard Resilience 



We acknowledge the support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 71101036, Grant No. 61074133), the Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education (Grant No. 20112302120037), the Humanities and Social Sciences Fund of the Chinese Ministry of Education (Grant No. 09YJC630049), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (Grant No. HIT.NSRIF.2010082, Grant No. HIT.BRETIII.201208), the Natural Science Foundation of Heilongjiang Province (Grant No. G201014), and the Humanities and Social Science Guidance Programme of Education Department of Heilongjiang Province (Grant No. 11554097).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ManagementHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Transport Studies Unit, School of Geography and the EnvironmentUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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