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Engaging Communities: What Happens Behind the Scenes

Toh, K, Mees, B ORCID: 0000-0001-5710-2540, Akama, Y, Cooper, V and Phillips, R 2018 , 'Engaging Communities: What Happens Behind the Scenes', in P Fairbrother and M Tyler (eds.), Wildfire and Power: Policy and Practice , Routledge, New York, pp. 110-126.

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Governments and their agencies play varying roles in relation to naturaldisasters. Strategies and policies are developed internationally, nationallyand locally (see for example, UNISDR, 2007; Forest Fire ManagementGroup, 2012; and FSC, 2013 respectively). Governments actin response to natural disasters for different reasons. In their researchon three natural disasters in the United States, Trebilcock and Daniels(2006) refer to a range of perspectives/values with which to understandwhy and how governments intervene. A corrective justice perspective,for example, is when a government provides legal redress in the case ofnegligence. Others have focussed on disasters and critical infrastructureand the role governments have in its maintenance. Here it is argued thatthe growing interdependence and complexity of different systems, suchas utilities, telecommunications and food transport, have increased theirvulnerability to disruption from events including natural disasters (Boinand McConnell, 2007; Edwards, 2009).

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Toh, K and Mees, B and Akama, Y and Cooper, V and Phillips, R
Keywords: wildfire, communication, preparedness, community
Publisher: Routledge
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