Disaster Preparedness

Disasters can strike at any moment. While some regions are more prone to certain types of disasters than others (such as coastlines vulnerable to flooding or hurricanes, or settlements near volcanoes or fault lines), every region on earth is vulnerable to adverse environmental impacts of some form. As climate change is projected to increase the frequency of disasters in regions around the globe, it is important to know what kinds of disasters are likely to strike your area. While local and national governments play a key role both in preparing citizens in advance of disaster and responding adequately when disaster strikes, by far the best form of disaster management is not to wait for one to strike. Prior adaptation such as creating an emergency plan with family and community members, and having a disaster kit in the home, can minimise the risks that disasters pose.

See also: Heat Waves, Climate Change and Disease

Further Resources

Preparing for Emergencies (UK)
Federal Emergency Management Association (USA)
Preparing for Disasters (British Red Cross)
Eric Klinenberg, “Are You Ready For the Next Disaster?” (New York  Times)

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