Challenging Disaster Administration : Toward Community Based Resilience

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Introduction
In the article "Challenging Disaster Administration: Toward Community-Based Resilience", by Lisa Ireni-Saban, the author analyzes the emergency management techniques of three different countries and their response to their own catastrophic events. Each country 's emergency management organization performed in a different manner with varying levels of effectiveness. The author utilizes the community-based disaster resilience model to explain the role of the community and the administration 's obligation to promote advocacy, inclusion and competency in response to the recovery efforts, following a disaster (Ireni-Saban, 2012).
Advocacy
The Action for Advocacy in 2002 defined advocacy as "taking action to help people say what they want, secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain services they need" (Ireni-Saban, 2012). Effective advocacy is based on the knowledge of the practices of the communities affected.
There are three different groups described in the article. In New Orleans, Louisiana, before the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina, the community consisted of a majority of African American people, with a unique style of music, food, and history, integrated into the New Orleans culture. In the aftermath of the West Sumatra Earthquake, the indigenous people of the Nias Islands hold their history and cultural assets in the highest regard, seeking to repair their museums and cultural centers rather than institute emergency management…

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