Evolution Of The Framework For Hazard Management

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Throughout history there has been a major shift in the hazards paradigm of emergency and hazard management. Major disasters, often resulting in catastrophes, have caused changes in emergency management and preparedness. As discussed in Disasters: Lessons from the past 105 years, “a disaster is a natural or man-made event that negatively affects life, property, livelihood or industry often resulting in permanent changes to human societies, ecosystems and environment” (Quarantelli,1998). Hurricane Katrina was one of the biggest emergency management catastrophes of this century (Waugh, 2007, p.4). This disaster was an astronomically devastating learning experience that sparked changes in emergency management at all levels of the government (Waugh, 2007, p. 4-7). The main premise of this paper is to discuss the evolution of the framework for hazard management. In doing so, I will evaluate errors made in previous disasters to explain how procedures and implementation can be improved to limit the economic and financial burdens of disasters to come (Mileti, 1999, p. 24). The shift to a broader framework for future hazard management is necessary because financial costs from damages cause by disasters are steadily rising. Mitigation efforts are implemented to prevent damage and financial burdens foreseen as the result of disasters and catastrophic events. Mitigation can consist of resources such as, but not limited to, informing and educating the public, building man-made
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