This article reports on a decade of research undertaken by the author on the role of schools in disaster response and recovery across four different disaster types in five countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Schools are an integral part of any community. Over the years, they have contributed to the history, identity and social fabric of their communities.


The article concludes with recommendations for how this role might be better recognised and supported in local and national government disaster policy and planning. With transferable lessons Globally.


Research paper from the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction on Prevention Web


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