Assessing non-metro recovery across two continents: issues and limitations

Blakely, E and Fisher, P 2017, 'Assessing non-metro recovery across two continents: issues and limitations', Disasters, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 487-504.


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Title Assessing non-metro recovery across two continents: issues and limitations
Author(s) Blakely, E
Fisher, P
Year 2017
Journal name Disasters
Volume number 41
Issue number 3
Start page 487
End page 504
Total pages 18
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Abstract Rural and remote areas of countries such as Australia and the United States are less well-resourced and often poorer than their city counterparts. When a disaster strikes, therefore, their long-term recovery can be impeded by being situated 'over the horizon'. Nonetheless, they are likely to enjoy higher social capital, with 'locals' banding together to help restore economic and social life in the wake of a calamitous incident. At the same time, a repeat of extreme events, springing in part from alteration to the landscape through intense human occupation, threatens to derail sustainable recovery processes everywhere, suggesting that renewed emphasis needs to be placed on preparedness. Improved metrics are also required, spanning both pre- and post-disaster phases, to determine effectiveness. Moreover, a focus on the 'hardening' of towns offers a better return in limiting damage and potentially hastens the speed of recovery should these places later fall victim to extreme events.
Subject Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) and small fringe communities
non-metro
preparedness
remote
rescue and recovery
return intervals
rural
social capital
DOI - identifier 10.1111/disa.12212
Copyright notice © 2017 The Author(s). Disasters © Overseas Development Institute, 2017
ISSN 0361-3666
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