Post-disaster social recovery: disaster governance lessons learnt from Tropical Cyclone Yasi


Post-disaster social recovery remains the least understood of the disaster phases despite increased risks of extreme events leading to disasters due to climate change. This paper contributes to advance this knowledge by focusing on the disaster recovery process of the Australian coastal town of Cardwell which was affected by category 4/5 tropical cyclone Yasi in 2011. Drawing on empirical data collected through semi-structured interviews with Cardwell residents post Yasi, it examines issues related to social recovery in the first year of the disaster and two years later. Key findings discuss the role played by community members, volunteers and state actors in Cardwell’s post-disaster social recovery, especially with respect to how current disaster risk management trends based on self-reliance and shared responsibility unfolded in the recovery phase. Lessons learnt concerning disaster recovery governance are then extracted to inform policy implementation for disaster risk management to support social recovery and enhance disaster resilience in light of climate change.

Serrao-Neumann, Silvia and Crick, Florence and Low Choy, Darryl C. (2018) Post-disaster social recovery: disaster governance lessons learnt from Tropical Cyclone Yasi. Natural Hazards. ISSN 0921-030X