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Planning for Disasters, International

  • By: Lezlie C. Morinière
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

Planning for disasters has proven to save lives and strengthen response. Adequate planning enhances every phase and each activity within the risk (disaster or emergency) management cycle. Although a necessary first step at all levels and by all actors, multi-level planning alone is not sufficient. Plans need to be updated, tested, accompanied by appropriate financial and trained human resources, and systematically applied in order to have an impact on reduced risk and lives saved. At the international level, planning for disasters is a main feature of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) toward substantial reduction in losses worldwide.

The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)'s Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) was signed in 2005 by 168 member countries, essentially making it a 10-year international ...

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