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Disaster Preparedness

  • By: Kathleen Sherman-Morris
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Disaster preparedness consists of those actions taken by individuals, organizations, or communities to ready themselves to respond to and recover from emergency situations. As the word preparedness may indicate, these are actions taken prior to an impact, when disaster preparedness is in reality getting ready for a hazard, which is a potential threat to society. Disasters are events that cause a significant disruption to society or the environment. Risk, vulnerability, and resilience are related concepts in that they refer to a community's susceptibility to or capacity to withstand or bounce back from future hazardous events. Disaster preparedness is important because the better prepared an individual, organization, or community is for such an event, the smaller the disruption ought to be. Disaster preparedness is one phase ...

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