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Disaster-Ready Communities - Community Preparedness and BCM


Paton, D, Disaster-Ready Communities - Community Preparedness and BCM, Continuity: The Magazine of the Business Continuity Institute, (Q3) pp. 13-15. ISSN 2046-5874 (2014) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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When disaster strikes, affected communities face loss, challenges and demands that differ significantly from anything normally encountered. Disasters disrupt societal functions, damage or destroy essential infrastructure, and interrupt economic activity on a scale that means that recovery takes years. The strategies deployed to manage these consequences typically treat social, economic and infrastructure recovery independently. However, effective recovery requires acknowledging their interdependence.

For example, people who have prepared for disaster are more likely to be available to assist physical recovery and rebuilding efforts, and to support business and economic recovery (as employees and customers). Their ability to do so, however, is a function of business preparedness. Thus, if people and businesses both play their preparedness parts, their actions complement one another in ways that sustain employment and economic vitality. Social and business recovery, in turn, ensures the availability of the businesses and workforce necessary for services and infrastructure repair and reconstruction.

An appreciation of such interdependencies raises the need to consider how facilitating community disaster preparedness can be, indirectly, a goal of business continuity planning.

Item Details

Item Type:Professional, Non Refereed Article
Keywords:business continuity disaster
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Social psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Paton, D (Professor Douglas Paton)
ID Code:97566
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2014-12-23
Last Modified:2014-12-23
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