When major disasters strike, whole communities are affected. Major sections of that community may be wiped out completely, leaving the rest of the community to pick up the pieces.

In disaster management we refer to CR – or Community Resilience – that is, the sustained ability of a community to use all resources at its disposal to respond to, withstand and recover from a major situation.

A resilient community can be a self-sufficient community while it awaits help.

‘Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected. Sustainability is about survival. The goal of resilience is to thrive’ – Jamais Cascio

Community engagement means preparing that community to be resilient.

To be effective, community engagement must take many different factors into account, including the size and demographic of the community, the geographical location, the percentage of suitably skilled community members (military, medical, emergency crews), food supply, and more.

While communities share many similarities, each community is unique and will need its own preparedness plan.

The IPS Group will have its own Community Engagement Unit. Objectives will include:

  • Providing funding (in conjunction with governmental/non-governmental agencies associated with Public Safety) in order to dispatch Disaster Response Teams, in circumstances where funding cannot otherwise be guaranteed within the critical time frame following a major disaster, emergency or crisis.
  • Providing systematic funding for long-term research and development, in order to better understand new sources of risk, Public Safety requirements and emergency/crisis mitigation.
  • Research and development will incorporate the search for more effective systems to improve equipment and communication technology.
  • It will also provide for effective audits of organisational procedures and capabilities during crisis response, domestically, regionally and globally.
  • Awarding scholarships to Public Safety personnel from both public and private agencies in developing and developed countries, particularly where training budgets and facilities are limited or restricted. These training and research scholarships aim to enhance professional and academic qualifications in the varied disciplines involved in Public Safety.
  • Provision of funding for equipment and training of essential Public Safety personnel with particular emphasis on developing countries, allowing them to respond more effectively to disasters and emergencies/
  • Provide support in order to link emergency, disaster and crisis management personnel with a common goal of a safer world.

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