Empowering Communities Through Disaster Management Strategies: Are We on the Right Track?

  • AsharoseEmail author
  • Izuru Saizen
Part of the Disaster Risk Reduction book series (DRR)


The Indian Ocean Tsunami spurred the growth of disaster management activities in India. Obviously, all of these efforts were intended to reduce the risk of future disasters, through empowering communities and increasing their resilience to disasters. An array of questions that hails in, at this point of time are: did these efforts achieve their ultimate goal; have communities been empowered? If so, to what extent? By further examining certain communities, gaps can be found which needs yet to be filled. A study on the coastal communities of Cuddalore District, Tamil Nadu, reflects the gaps and pitfalls that further underline the lack of sustainability in the implemented disaster risk reduction programs. The results clearly underpins that the communities striving even for their basic necessities gives least priority to disaster risk awareness and preparedness comparing to physical resilience as well as economic resilience. Thus implementation of disaster risk reduction programs in such communities will be ineffective. This chapter will focus on such gaps, as well as the challenges in molding a disaster-resilient community.


Coastal communities Community empowerment Disaster resilience 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Global Environmental StudiesKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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