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Conduct a disaster risk assessment in order to understand the potential risks to the community, infrastructure and economy

Disaster Risk Reduction must be seen as an integral part of Urban Planning, not as a response to completely unpredictable events.

Raise awareness among the community and seek political support for disaster risk reduction strategies.

Formulate a response and recovery plan which sets priorities and highlights important partnerships.

Improve coordination between departments so they are equipped to work together seamlessly rather than in silos when responding to a disaster.

Especially if you city is disaster-prone, develop and communicate disaster scenarios to prepare the community and decision-makers about how to respond and potentially recover.

Coordinate with other municipalities for the cases when the disaster is wider spread or when loss is the result of a disaster in another municipality (ie. flooding).

Engage practitioners from different disciplines and sectors as well as politicians from different levels of government when responding to disasters.

Secure funding to implement response and recovery plan.


Monitor the progress and shortcoming of the plan to inform future planning.