Your ability to be cope in the face of a natural disaster might depend on where you live.
Researchers at The University of New England have put together a resilience index that rates communities around the country.
They found that metropolitan and some regional areas seem to have communities that are more likely to bounce back.
Remote regions, especially in the Northern Territory registered very low levels of community resilience.
“Around the country, communities will have strengths that influence their resilience, such as community connectedness or provision of emergency services, but they will all have their challenges as well, for example a lack of access to telecommunications in more remote areas,” said lead researcher Dr Melissa Parsons.
The research could help local governments, organisations and emergency services better prepare their communities for natural disasters.
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