Examining the resilience of rural communities to flooding emergencies

Ian Manock, Mir Rabiul Islam, Valerie Ingham, John Hicks, Richard Sappey, Christopher Shirley, Sam Reid, Craig Ronan

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Abstract

This paper aims to examine the resilience of an Australian rural community to the impact of flood emergencies. In the past five years, a number of serious flood events have impacted Australian communities, resulting in death and injury to people as well as devastating loss and damage to property and infrastructure. Many inland rural communities are declining in population whilst the average age of these communities is increasing. This decrease in population and increase in age reduces the service functions within those communities which in turn has an impact on the vulnerability of those communities to the impact of natural disasters such as flooding. This vulnerability relates to not only the potential increase in susceptibility of those communities to flooding, but also the decrease in community resilience.

A study of an Australian rural community susceptible to flooding has been conducted to examine the resilience of that community to flooding and to identify issues relating to community vulnerability i.e. resilience and susceptibility, that exist within that community. From this study we hope to be able to identify community resilience strategies that may help other rural communities better prepare for and respond to the impact of natural disasters, including flood.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDisaster and Emergency Management Conference
Subtitle of host publicationConference Proceedings
Place of PublicationNerang
PublisherAST Management Pty Ltd
Pages241-253
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780980814743
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAustralian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference - Brisbane Exhibition & Convention Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 16 Apr 201218 Apr 2012
https://anzdmc.com.au/proceedings.pdf (Proceedings)

Conference

ConferenceAustralian & New Zealand Disaster and Emergency Management Conference
Abbreviated titleEarth: Fire and Rain
CountryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period16/04/1218/04/12
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