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Planning for Community Resilience

A Handbook for Reducing Vulnerability to Disasters

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  • © 2014
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  • Integrates natural hazards planning with the city and regional planning processes -Will help professionals to understand the land-use tools that can decrease vulnerabilities -Will aid in engaging the public in the hazards-planning process -Easy-to-understand guide to measuring the level of vulnerability in your community with steps for becoming more disaster resilient

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Community Resilience

  2. Knowing Your Community

  3. Planning Strategies


About this book

How can we plan and design stronger communities? From New Orleans to Galveston to the Jersey Shore, communities struck by natural disasters struggle to recover long after the first responders have left. Globally, the average annual number of natural disasters has more than doubled since 1980. These catastrophes are increasing in number as well as in magnitude, causing greater damage as we experience rising sea levels and other effects of climate change. Communities can reduce their vulnerability to disaster by becoming more resilient—to not only bounce back more readily from disasters but to grow stronger, more socially cohesive, and more environmentally responsible. To be truly resilient, disaster preparation and recovery must consider all populations in the community. By bringing together natural hazards planning and community planning to consider vulnerabilities, more resilient and equitable communities are achievable. In Planning for Community Resilience the authors describe an inclusive process for creating disaster-resilient communities. This handbook guides any community through the process of determining their level of hazard exposure, physical vulnerability, and social vulnerability with the goal of determining the best planning strategy. This will be an invaluable tool for professionals working to protect their community from disturbance.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Texas A&M University, College Station, USA

    Jaimie Hicks Masterson

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Planning for Community Resilience

  • Book Subtitle: A Handbook for Reducing Vulnerability to Disasters

  • Authors: Jaimie Hicks Masterson, Walter Gillis Peacock, Shannon S. Zandt, Himanshu Grover, Lori Feild Schwarz, John T. Cooper

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  • Publisher: Island Press Washington, DC

  • eBook Packages: Earth and Environmental Science, Earth and Environmental Science (R0)

  • Copyright Information: J.H. Masterson 2014

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-61091-586-1Published: 22 July 2015

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Illustrations: 80 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Environment, general, Urbanism

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