UNISDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Group Case Studies – 2014. Promoting inclusive engagement and community disaster resilience in Québec City.
Disasters and large scale emergencies have the potential to create a substantial gap in the ability of people to prepare for, respond to, and recover from adversity. Community engagement is a central component of disaster resilience but in most communities, there is no consultation between emergency planning and social services, health, and community organisations. Moreover, there are few evidence-based interventions that have demonstrated effectiveness in fostering community resilience. In Québec City as in other urban centres, emergency preparedness efforts have struggled to link high-risk population groups and community associations with disaster management and multi-sectorial expertise.