Reducing risk of disaster in our communities

This book describes a methodology called Participatory Assessment of Disaster Risk. PADR enables communities to assess the factors that contribute to the size and scale of any potential disaster and to develop locally owned plans to address those risks. It is a community-empowering process, helping people to understand cause-effect relationships and to realise their own capacities to reduce their vulnerability to hazards.

The second edition (2011) builds on the original 2006 publication. Many improvements have been made in response to feedback over the last five years. New features include:

  • improved methodology with new templates
  • more examples of completed assessments
  • sample questions for focus group discussions
  • suggested risk-reducing activities for different types of hazard
  • more emphasis on gender as a cross-cutting issue
  • more consideration of climate change and its impacts on future hazards

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