Building Capacity for Disaster Resiliency in Six Disadvantaged Communities Academic Article uri icon


  • Disaster plans almost always do not benefit from the knowledge and values of disadvantaged people who are frequently underrepresented in disaster planning processes. Consequently, the plans are inconsistent with the conditions, concerns, and capabilities of disadvantaged people. We present an approach to community-based participatory planning aimed at engaging marginalized and distrustful communities to build their capacity to be more disaster resilient. We review the experiences of six disadvantaged communities under the Emergency Preparedness Demonstration (EPD) project. The EPD effort revealed several critical implications: recruit a diverse set of participants for inclusive collaboration; provide analytical tools to co-develop information and empower people; employ coaches to organize and facilitate sustainable community change; design a bottom-up review process for selection of strategies that holds communities accountable; and build capacity for implementation of strategies. 2010 by the authors.

published proceedings

  • Sustainability

author list (cited authors)

  • Berke, P., Cooper, J., Salvesen, D., Spurlock, D., & Rausch, C.

citation count

  • 36

complete list of authors

  • Berke, Philip||Cooper, John||Salvesen, David||Spurlock, Danielle||Rausch, Christina

publication date

  • January 2011