Community Resilience

We are developing tools and guidelines to empower communities to become resilient to natural hazard events.

We achieve this through understanding those factors that make a community able to withstand the consequences of a natural hazards event, as well as understanding the local, regional and national factors that influence each community.

Emergency management

We are dedicated to improving the awareness understanding and practise of emergency management.

  • Developing and reviewing natural hazard management plans, and Civil Defence Emergency Management plans
  • Integrating emergency management structures and procedures
  • Coordinating response agencies
  • Advising on and developing appropriate warning response systems
  • Evacuation planning
  • Planning for crisis information and decision making
  • Development of education and training material
Early warning and evacuation systems

We aim to improve public response to warning systems.

  • Studying existing training approaches among emergency response agencies
  • Developing and implementing new training methods
  • Conducting hazard event simulations and evacuation exercises involving the community
  • Surveying communities to understand how they respond to warning systems and their attitudes to natural hazard risk
  • Establishment and analysis of monitoring and warning systems

Read more about monitoring natural hazards.

Hazard awareness, education and training

We seek to increase the public awareness of natural hazards.


Measuring community understanding of, and preparedness for, natural hazards is a key aim of our research. Results are used to design educational strategies to meet the needs of communities, businesses, schools and others.

We can produce general or site/group specific brochures, posters, maps and educational tools on:

  • natural hazard phenomena,
  • the impacts and consequences of events, and
  • planning for hazard events.

Training for preparedness includes:

  • Integrated emergency management team training
  • Crisis decision making
  • Stress management in emergency situations
Community participation in natural hazard management

We are exploring the role that community groups have in reducing natural hazard risk.

Our aim is to determine what practical risk reduction measures community groups have initiated, and how they have influenced local government decision-making for hazard risk reduction. Through this research we can provide good practice examples to other community groups to empower them to be proactive in gaining support for natural hazard management initiatives.

Cultural understanding and traditional mitigation

By researching Pacific-based cultures, we seek to better comprehend cultural understandings and beliefs surrounding natural hazards, and gain knowledge of traditional risk management approaches.

We explore the relevance of these understandings and approaches, and the application of this knowledge to land-use planning and emergency management in a contemporary context.

Project Example:

  • Traditional disaster reduction in pacific Island communities - Download.pdf (1.35 MB)