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Community disaster vulnerability is apparent that there is a need to integrate disaster mitigation and risk reduction into disaster recovery, economic and community development, and environmental policy and management. To reach these goals agencies and disciplines should work together, share knowledge and consider pre-planning strategies with the goal of increasing disaster resiliency and the overall economic health of their community. This book is intended to provide conceptual framework and empirical evidence of the factors contributing to disaster recovery and sustainable economic development. This is a unique feature of the book.

Social vulnerability is one dimension of vulnerability to multiple stressors and shocks, including abuse, social exclusion and natural hazards. Social vulnerability refers to the inability of people, organizations, and societies to withstand adverse impacts from multiple stressors to which they are exposed. These impacts are due in part to characteristics inherent in social interactions, institutions, and systems of cultural values.