Articles | Volume 15, issue 4
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 827–841, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-15-827-2015
Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 15, 827–841, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/nhess-15-827-2015

Research article 13 Apr 2015

Research article | 13 Apr 2015

The structure of disaster resilience: a framework for simulations and policy recommendations

J. H. Y. Edwards

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Resilience to disaster is best understood as a multilevel process that involves individuals, families, NGOs, the private sector, and several layers of government. I describe this system, model it, and point out that it is currently uncoordinated. I then scour the literature on the economics of disaster for evidence of what works. I end by proposing a coordinated multilayer world system for disaster resilience and illustrate how it might work with examples of financial resilience to disaster.
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