A Safer Future: Reducing the Impacts of Natural Disasters

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National Academies Press, Feb 1, 1991 - Nature - 76 pages
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Initial priorities for U.S. participation in the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction, declared by the United Nations, are contained in this volume. It focuses on seven issues: hazard and risk assessment; awareness and education; mitigation; preparedness for emergency response; recovery and reconstruction; prediction and warning; learning from disasters; and U.S. participation internationally.
The committee presents its philosophy of calls for broad public and private participation to reduce the toll of disasters.


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Executive Summary
The U S Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction 7
Hazard and Risk Assessment 13
Mitigation 21
Preparedness for Emergency Response Recovery and Reconstruction 29
Prediction and Warning 37
Learning from Disasters 45
Organization of the U S Decade 57
Suggested Readings 65

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