Enhancing Local Disaster Management Network through Developing Resilient Community in New Taipei City, Taiwan

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Jul 24;17(15):0. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17155357.


Large-scaled disaster events had increasingly occurred worldwide due to global and environmental change. Evidently, disaster response cannot rely merely on the public force. In the golden hour of crisis, not only the individuals should learn to react, protect themselves, and try to help each other, but also the local school, enterprise, non-government organization (NGO), nonprofit organization (NPO), and volunteer groups should collaborate to effectively deal with disaster events. New Taipei City (NTPC), Taiwan, was aware of the need for non-public force response and therefore developed the process of enhancing local disaster management networks through promoting the resilient community since 2009. The concept of a resilient community is to build community-based capacity for mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery in an all-hazards manner. This study organized the NTPC experience and presented the standard operation procedure (SOP) to promote the resilient community, key obstacles, maintenance mechanism, and the successful formulation of the local disaster management network. The performance of the promotion was evaluated through a questionnaire survey and found that participants affirmed the positive effect of building community capacity through the entire process. In general, the resilient community as the center of the local disaster management work is shown promising to holistically bridge the inner/outer resources and systematically respond to disaster events.

Keywords: all-hazards approach; disaster management; resilient community.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cities
  • Disaster Planning*
  • Disasters*
  • Humans
  • Organizations, Nonprofit
  • Taiwan