chapter  17
External assistance in disasters
ByCHARLES BLANCH, IAN NORTON, BRONTE MARTIN, PETER AITKEN
Pages 18

The most timely and appropriate response to an affected community following a disaster is initially from the community itself and shortly thereafter from first responders and health staff at facilities within the affected area, who may themselves be affected by the disaster. As such, the resilience and preparedness of these communities, including hazard reduction activities, response capacity, and existing levels of care, are the principal factors in mitigating disaster morbidity and mortality. External assistance in the form of aid is available to assist countries build that resilience and preparedness.