World Disaster Report, 1993

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Disaster response has been described as the last resort of the amateur: an unkind assessment but not without a grain of truth. Disaster generates an emotional response, and new disaster organizations are born with each new disaster. Lessons of the past on disaster management have to be learned anew. The need to increase the professionalism of disaster response is evident. All the more so as, in disaster terms, the world is getting worse, not better. Disasters become more complex, frequently involving the interaction of a disaster event, politics and technology. The last few years have also seen a growth in research into the area ot disaster response. Too often, however, disaster researchers and disaster organizations have gone their separate ways. There is a need for these two groups to get together to devise more practical and professional approaches to disaster response. The "World Disasters Report", produced by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies with the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, is a contribution to this effort of professionalization.
It provides facts and statistics, analysis and an exploration of trends, to dispel a number of myths about disasters and to define and advocate good practice.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 215.9 x 298.45 x 6.35mm | 399.16g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1993 ed.
  • 128 p.
  • 0792322681
  • 9780792322689

Table of contents

Section One: Why a World Disasters Report?: Acknowledgements; No more Vital a Challenge; How to Use the World Disasters Report. Section Two: World Picture of Disasters: Disasters Today; Disaster Trends; Disaster Causes and Effects. Section Three: Dynamics of Disasters: AIDS; Famine; Flood Disasters; High Wind Disasters; Refugees and Displaced People Disasters; Epidemic Disasters; Earthquake Disasters; Volcanic Disasters. Section Four: Disaster Database: Disasters Definitions; Statistics; Who's Who in Disasters.
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