The contemporary management of natural hazards promotes building community resilience through risk management and comprehensive attention to
prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Achieving adequate planning for possible disasters requires identifying and understanding the
geographical attributes, both physical and social, that may contribute to the resilience and/or vulnerability of places to such events. Subsequent disaster and
community planning can then be strategically applied to enhance resilience. Referring to recent events, this session will workshop the geography of
community vulnerability and resilience to disasters, identify the links to strategic response and recovery, and discuss how resilience can be built during these operational phases.