Enhancing Resilience among High Risk Populations to Maximize Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery

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Authors
  1. O'Sullivan, T.
  2. Gorr, P.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Ottawa Univ, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
The EnRiCH Project is a community-based participatory research project designed to address the need for more empirical evidence on interventions to enhance resilience among high risk populations, in preparation for, response to, and recovery from CBRNE and other types of disasters. Asset-mapping interventions were implemented in partnership with industry stakeholders in 5 geographic communities in Canada to determine which resources were available to support high risk populations and engage community associations in activities to support contingency planning. Across all 5 communities there was recognition of the vast resources available which previously had not been identified as potential capacity which could be mobilized for preparedness, response and recovery initiatives. The asset-mapping activities provided an opportunity for intersectoral collaboration and building awareness, while supporting innovative strategies to enhance community resilience. The results from The EnRiCH Project highlight the importance of collaboration, community expertise and networks as critical social infrastructure to support high risk populations and enhance community resilience. Leadership is needed to ensure investment in intersectoral collaboration is prioritized, and recognized for its critical role in managing adverse events and supporting populations who are typically not involved in contingency planning activities.

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Keywords
Rural Health;Preparedness;Community Resilience;Emergency Planning;Disaster Planning.
Report Number
DRDC-CSS-CR-2013-050 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2013
Number of Pages
27
DSTKIM No
CA038436
CANDIS No
538429
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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