Our communities are vulnerable to a number of natural hazards. The problem is exacerbated by our historic and cultural association with areas of the landscape that are most vulnerable to the risks of existing natural hazards and climate change. For example, historically communities settled in flood plains and coastal areas.
Inadequate identification of the risks, and lack of sufficient controls, has resulted in greater exposure to the effects of natural hazards and climate change. Existing infrastructure that is located in these vulnerable places is at risk of hazard events, which – in turn – impacts on the health, safety and resilience of our communities.