Community Recovery Following Earthquake Disasters

Douglas Paton, Sarb Johal, David Johnston

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The effectiveness and efficiency of community recovery following a disaster is shaped not just by nature and scale of the physical impacts of the event but also on how the social environment supports the complex and protracted processes of recovery (Olshansky et al. 2006 ; Paton et al. 2014). Recent research following a number of disasters has highlighted the complex nature of community recovery and the importance of not only strong local government capacity but also a cohesive system of public, private, and volunteer groups integrated into the community (Olshansky et al. 2012). Research consistently shows that community recovery from disasters can be greatly enhanced by ensuring that the preexisting social environment supports the recovery process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering
EditorsMichael Beer, Ioannis A. Kougioumtzoglou, Edoardo Patelli, Ivan Siu-Kui Au
Place of PublicationHeidelberg, Berlin
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-36197-5
ISBN (Print)9783642353437
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


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