|Community Emergency Preparedness: A Manual for Managers and Policy-Makers (WHO, 1999, 141 p.)|
|Chapter 3 Vulnerability assessment|
· Vulnerability assessment is a procedure for identifying hazards, describing community vulnerability, and determining the effects of potential emergencies on communities.
· Communities, hazards, and the environment interact with each other.
· A vulnerability assessment should be developed using a rational process.
· A planning group and community consultation are essential for the efficient development of an appropriate vulnerability assessment.
· Different people think of hazards, risk, and vulnerability in different ways, and this perception will affect their actions.
· A description of the effects of hazards and potential emergencies on communities must form the basis of emergency preparedness.