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Public Sector, Role in Mitigation

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

The public sector is a key player in the promotion of sustainable, disaster-resistant communities. On the local level, the public sector includes, but is not limited to, entities such as city hall, police, fire services, publically owned hospitals, public schools systems, and community centers. These organizations and entities are often the core of a community and considered essential for the day-to-day operations of the community and associated lifestyle, including safety, health, and well-being. These entities need to ensure that they can maintain services during and after a disaster. Mitigation, any long-term action to reduce disaster loss and loss of life as a result of a disaster, can be essential to ensure continuity of these services. Mitigation includes structural mitigation like storm shutters and strengthening of ...

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