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Reducing risk of disaster in our communities – a Roots guide

Equips organisations to use a participatory approach to disaster risk reduction

2011 Available in Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, English, Chinese Mandarin, Bengali (Bangla) and Nepali

Man repairs a building in his village of Siuiri, Vanuatu. He received training in DRR which helped his community prepare for Cyclone Pam

Ashley Arthur (27) repairs a building in his village of Siuiri, Vanuatu. He received training in DRR which helped his community prepare for Cyclone Pam. Photo: Jenny Barthow / Integral Alliance

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This guide describes a methodology called Participatory Assessment of Disaster Risk, which 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 guide has been written for middle-level managers and field supervisors engaged in humanitarian or development work in locations that experience frequent weather-related hazards, such as floods, cyclones or drought. It can also be used by relief workers following a disaster, to identify risks and avoid rebuilding the vulnerabilities which contributed to the disaster.

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