Assessment of Post-Disaster Distributed Infrastructure Leve-of-Service Expectations by Stakeholders and Isolated Settlement Communities
Hazards to distributed infrastructure networks are indirect hazards to isolated settlements, and communities may be affected even if a settlement is not directly impacted. - Key services are provided to settlements by distributed infrastructure networks (e.g. transport, energy, telecommunications). - Where there is low (or no) infrastructure redundancy, damage to a network (at any point) can result in the remainder of the network becoming non-functional. - Infrastructure networks are also interdependent, so damage to one network will likely impact other services. To reduce community risk, this project aims to assess post-disaster level-of-service expectations by infrastructure providers and communities, and how to effectively communicate level-of-service expectations between infrastructure providers and communities. - Infrastructure providers (in association with government agencies) decide post-disaster infrastructure planning, but often without an understanding of the minimum levels-of-service isolated settlements require to function. - Communities are also often unaware of infrastructure provider post-disaster level-of-service provision expectations, to the detriment of proactive disaster risk management and emergency response plans, which can cause communities to be insufficiently prepared.
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