A Handbook for Local Government Leaders
This handbook provides mayors, governors, councillors and other local government leaders with a generic framework for risk reduction and points to good practices and tools that are already being applied in different cities for that purpose. It discusses why building disaster resilience is beneficial; what kind of strategies and actions are required; and how to go about the task. It offers practical guidance to understand and take action on the "Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient" as set out in the global campaign "Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!".
A web-based information platform, where cities and local governments can share their own tools, plans, regulations and practices, complements the Handbook and will be available through the Campaign website.
Foreword and purpose of the Handbook [PDF - 1.2 MB]
Introduction: Why are cities at risk?, what is a disaster resilient city?, a global agenda and campaign to build resilient nations and communities [PDF - 1.3 MB]
Chapter 1: Why invest in disaster risk reduction? [PDF - 2 MB]
Chapter 2: What are the ten essentials for Making Cities Disaster Resilient? [PDF - 2 MB]
Chapter 3: How to implement the ten essentials for Making Cities Resilient ? [PDF - 2.1 MB]
Partners [PDF - 0.8 MB]
Annex 1: Local Governance Self-Assessment Tool (LG-SAT) for disaster resilience [PDF - 0.9 MB]
Annex 2: Disaster risk reduction terminology and acronyms [PDF - 0.7 MB]
Annex 3: Trends of exposure to disaster risk and references [PDF - 0.7 MB]
Annex 4: Tools and resources [PDF - 0.7 MB]
Disclaimer [PDF - 0.8 MB]
Role model map [PDF - 2.2 MB]
Ten essentials checklist [PDF - 1.2 MB]
View full document (in Spanish) [PDF - 7.1 MB]
View full document (in Chinese) [PDF - 0 MB]
View full document (in Arabic) [PDF - 2.3 MB]
View full document (in Farsi) [PDF - 2.4 MB]
View full document (in French) [PDF - 5.3 MB]
View full document (in Brazilian Portuguese) [PDF - 2.3 MB]
View full document [PDF - 18.2 MB]
"To meet the goals of building a resilient city, we will need to commit significant resources at the local level. To do so in the midst of economic challenges and in the face of scarcity will not be easy. But we have no option, we have to do it."