This reports highlights the findings from a research project conducted by University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in response to the ‘Preparedness and Resilience Research’ small grants program (Phase I) implemented by Response 2 Resilience Institute and the Global Disaster Preparedness Center.
Sri Lanka has experienced many types of natural disasters, and the country’s Disaster Management Centre has taken various steps to mitigate such events. Many organizations are involved in disaster preparedness activities at provincial, district, and village levels, but there are gaps in certain districts and communities. This study focused on the community living along the coastal belt of Mannar Island, which is vulnerable to coastal hazards including flash floods, storm surges/tidal waves, tsunamis, and sea level rise. It was critical to evaluate the community’s preparedness to respond to possible hazards and their resilience to disasters.