The COVID-19 outbreak has revealed multiple vulnerabilities in community systems . Effectively addressing these vulnerabilities and increasing local resilience requires thinking beyond solely pandemic responses and taking more holistic perspectives that integrate sustainability objectives . Pandemic preparedness and climate action in particular share similarities in terms of needs and approaches for community sustainability . This paper reflects on what the outbreak has illustrated regarding community vulnerability to crises, with a focus on local economy and production, economic diversification, and social connectivity . The paper argues for integrated approaches to community development that increase our capacity to respond to both public health and climate crises.