Community Based Disaster Management (CBDM) is a process, which leads to a locally appropriate and locally “owned” strategy for disaster risk reduction. While Disaster preparedness refers to measures taken to prepare for and reduce the effects of disasters. That is, to predict and—where possible—prevent them, mitigate their impact on vulnerable populations, and respond to and effectively cope with their consequences. Disaster management is best viewed from a broad perspective and is more appropriately conceived of as a goal, rather than as a specialised programme or stage that immediately precedes disaster response. It is a perspective that essentially needs to be built into development and rehabilitation programmes to achieve disaster resistant development. Disaster Management is also achieved partially through readiness measures that expedite emergency response, rehabilitation and recovery and result in rapid, timely and targeted assistance. It is also achieved through community-based approaches and activities that build the capacities of people and communities to cope with and minimise the effects of a disaster on their lives.
“Community Based Disaster Risk Management”
Date and Venue: 2nd to 6 th Jan’2010 - Dhulikhel, Nepal