Capacity building approaches to emergency management in rural communities: recommendations from survivors of the British Columbia Wildfires, 2003
by Robin S. Cox
International Journal of Emergency Management (IJEM), Vol. 4, No. 2, 2007

Abstract: This paper responds to the ongoing calls within emergency management for more community-driven and capacity building approaches to the response to and recovery from natural disasters. Moving from the rhetoric of community-driven approaches to the practice, this paper highlights and draws on specific practice recommendations made by residents in two rural Canadian communities affected by a devastating forest fire. The recommendations made by the survivors of the McLure Fire, in British Columbia, Canada, provide a concrete framework for engaging with rural communities in developing emergency management practices that are more relevant to and congruent with the unique challenges and strengths of their communities.

Online publication date: Thu, 07-Jun-2007

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