|Community Emergency Planning Guide - Australian Emergency Manual (Natural Disaster Organization, 78 p.)|
|CHAPTER ONE - WHY PLAN?|
1.03 The communitys ability to cope with the impact of these hazards depends mainly on whether it has prepared plans and programs for:
a. prevention - regulatory and physical measures to ensure that emergencies are prevented, or their effects mitigated;
b. preparedness - arrangements to ensure that, all resources and services which may be needed, can be rapidly mobilised and deployed;
c. response - actions taken, during and immediately after a hazard impact to ensure that its effects are minimised; and
d. recovery - arrangements to ensure that a community is restored to normal.