Publication: Community-based Disaster Risk Management
Local communities play a key role in preparing for disastrous events such as the Great East Japan Earthquake (GEJE), and are normally the first responders to take action. On March 11, 2011, Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) were active in the disaster response and saved countless human lives. Recognizing the role of communities and providing them with central and local government support is critical to maintaining and strengthening important community based functions. Local communities have been responding to and managing disaster risk for centuries. Before the creation of Japan's formal state system, local communities carried out disaster-related activities as volunteers; community-based organizations (CBOs) have existed for centuries.
“Shaw, Rajib; Ishiwatari, Mikio; Arnold, Margaret. 2011. Community-based Disaster Risk Management. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/16110?show=full License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”