In confronting risk, individuals and all agencies cannot simply respond with endless resources in mitigating the damage that hazards engender—they have to establish a balance. Risk Balance and Security combines the conceptual underpinnings of risk assessment and management at both the individual and agency level with a clear analysis of how these relate to challenges faced in responding to crime, terrorism, public health threats, and environmental disasters. With a new understanding of how decisions are made about threats and hazards, and how this understanding may be applied in our preparedness, prevention, and response strategies, we will be able to better conceptualize our task for enhancing security in the future.
Chapter 5: Landscapes of Security: Health and the Environment
Landscapes of Security: Health and the Environment
The Physical Landscape: Health
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was first recognized in Toronto in a woman who returned from Hong Kong on February 23, 2003. Transmission to other persons resulted subsequently in an outbreak among 257 persons in several Greater Toronto Area (GTA) hospitals. (Wallington et al., 2003)
Characterized by pneumonia-like symptoms, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) made a world tour in 2003. First detected in a farming village in China in late 2002, the infectious disease quickly spread to a nearby city from where it launched its journey around the world (Beck, 2004). On April 22, 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a travel advisory recommending limited travel to Toronto, Canada. ...