Symbolic Planning and Disaster Preparedness in Developing Counties: The Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu

August 1992 (VOL. 10, NO. 2)

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In developing counties vulnerable to natural disasters, disaster planning is being encouraged and facilitated by donors. This is done in order to promote self-reliance as well as to mitigate the effects of disasters and lessen the need for a high degree of external emergency response assistance. This paper examines the development of disaster plans among the South West Pacific Island countries and pays particular attention to Vanuatu as a case study.