Smart tools for self assessing community resilience in seismic regions: a case study from Nepal

Rishi R Parajuli, Maria Elizabeth Xanthou, Jitendra Agarwal, Anastasios Sextos*

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Abstract

An educational community represents the number of local communities from its
catchment area along with itself. The practice of using school infrastructures as temporary shelters after the disaster is common globally. The resilience of educational communities, as a response to natural and man-made hazards, requires the safety and protection being gradually built towards resilience enhancement. Pre- and post-disaster management efforts usually focus on the sustainability of school infrastructure and policies targeting shelter, recovery, and reconstruction. Community preparedness in dealing with shocks and stresses is related to this synergy. Towards this goal, community resilience should be assessed through a multidisciplinary, participatory, and critical approach. A methodology has been developed on a bottom-up inclusion of all major contingents and stakeholders of educational communities in developing countries such as students and parents, teachers, headteachers, and school management committees. Mobile and web applications have been used for the survey and result dissemination to the community and policymakers. A Survey of educational community resilience of 15 school communities has been concluded in Namobuddha municipality, Nepal. This paper presents the first results of the survey and the effectiveness of educational resilience self-assessment using smart tools, while the survey campaign is ongoing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Earthquake Engineering & Seismology - 3ECEES
EditorsChristian Arion, Alexandra Scupin, Alexandru Tiganescu
Place of PublicationBucharest, Romania
PublisherConspress Publishing
Pages2111
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-973-100-533-1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

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