Building Resilience and Rural Health System Capability for Pre-Disaster Planning and Preparedness


  1. Amaratunga, C.
  2. Anderson, G.
  3. Bowles, R.
  4. Cox, R.
  5. Pearce, L.
  6. Vaughan, C.
  7. Ursuliak, D.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
The Rural Disaster Resilience Project (RDRP) was designed to strengthen community resilience and disaster management planning in rural, remote, and coastal communities (RRC) through community-based research that informed and influenced policy and practice. Disaster resilience – the ability to survive and thrive in the face of uncertainty – is the foundation of rural life and the cornerstone of effective emergency management. There is much to learn about resilience from RRC communities, yet their emergency planning capacity is often constrained by a lack of resources and user-friendly tools and processes. This project capitalized on and learned from RRCs’ expertise and knowledge while testing a unique approach to developing resilience and conducting disaster resilience planning. The project generated substantial output in terms of web-accessible tools and resources, technical reports, peer reviewed and other articles, and national and international presentations. The project provided communities with paper and online access to resilience and disaster planning workspace (a Virtual Community of Practice), tools, and resources such as the RDRP Planning Guide, Rural Resilience Index, Hazard Risk Assessment, and Hazard Resilience Index. RDRP directly contributed to the conversations and consideration of resilience within over 20 Canadian communities; enhanced networks amongst academic, government and non-governmental stakeholders in the national and international community of

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Rural Health;Preparedness;Community Resilience;Emergency Planning;Disaster Planning.
Report Number
DRDC-CSS-CR-2013-030 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2013
Number of Pages
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