Due to different definitions used in disaster-related literature, for the purpose of this Toolkit the main terms used are defined below. The full Glossary can also be downloaded in a .pdf format (see User Guide Section).
Demographic variables refer to data that are statistically socio-economic in nature such as population, race, income, education and employment, which represent specific geographic locations and are often associated with time .
The density of active citizenship shows how many citizens take up an active role in their local community or society. Such initiatives and responsibility can range from small campaigns of cleaning up roads in the neighbourhood to regular volunteering in charitable organisations.
Girls/Boys Scouts: In cooperation with emergency services, the leaders of Girls/Boys Scouts groups may incorporate disaster response training in their activities.
Presence of many civil society organizations (CSOs): In communities where there are many citizens involved in CSOs, it has been found that citizens tend to be also more “active” in disaster management activities and more “responsive” to input from disaster managers.
Disaster is regarded as a serious disruption (a crisis situation) of the functioning of a community or a society involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses and impacts, which exceeds the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources. 
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