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Capacity building approaches to emergency management in rural communities: recommendations from survivors of the British Columbia Wildfires, 2003

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This paper responds to the ongoing calls within emergency management for more community-driven and capacity building approaches to the response to and recovery from natural disasters. Moving from the rhetoric of community-driven approaches to the practice, this paper highlights and draws on specific practice recommendations made by residents in two rural Canadian communities affected by a devastating forest fire. The recommendations made by the survivors of the McLure Fire, in British Columbia, Canada, provide a concrete framework for engaging with rural communities in developing emergency management practices that are more relevant to and congruent with the unique challenges and strengths of their communities.

Keywords: community capacity building, community recovery, emergency management, psychosocial response, Canada, rural communities, wildfires, forest fires, natural disasters

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