chapter  14
Preparedness
ByJULIAN MEAGHER, ROSEMARY STEINHARDT
Pages 14

Building resilience in individuals, community and the infrastructure that supports them contributes to preparedness. It considers how the development of strength in the design and maintenance of systems and structures may be complemented by the processes of surveillance, and by having pre-positioned resources and equipment potentially critical to the required flexibility, responsiveness and adaptability. Finally it concerns the preparation of people; building their personal resilience and strength by pre-arming them with the knowledge required to defend and respond appropriately. Additionally it concerns the identification, training and availability of help through both paid and volunteer organisations and individuals.