When we talk about community resilience, disaster resilience must always be considered as part of risk reduction. Community resilience, often mistaken for only being a form of emergency response, is in fact a comprehensive concept that includes economic, social and political aspects. However, its most essential part is the community's efforts and process to bounce back from a crisis.
Social, economic and political realities, especially in third world countries, have a significant influence on the development of community resilience, which deepens the risk and vulnerabilities of communities and individuals from a mismanaged response.
Alam Santi’s Community Resilience Theory
Alam Santi adheres to the concept of sustainable living and strongly believes that community resilience is a very important part of disaster response, which must be built through active community participation.
This is because providing sustainable living solutions for the community is essential to allow them to completely recover from a crisis by building their community back, while helping them become more independent in the process.
Community Resilience During Disasters : Steps
Efforts to build community resilience need to be included in all phases of existing disasters :
Before disasters : empowering the community by mapping possible risks and local resources, so as to develop disaster risk reduction strategies for their areas, including ensuring contingency and recovery plans if an emergency situation occurs.
During disasters : during an emergency, the community can capably make the necessary responses and implement emergency plans.
After disasters : the community has a recovery plan with a "build back better" concept which ensures sustainable development and disaster risk reduction is well synergised.
Incorporate Community Resilience Program Near You
“Build back better” is the concept that must be implemented within the community, permaculture synergy efforts, disaster risk reduction, clean and healthy lifestyles and waste management. This will help the community build their environment back in a sustainable way and ensure they feel empowered to create a more harmonised community.
If you are interested in community resilience and have a desire to create a community resilience program with Alam Santi's "build back better" concept, please contact us.