Natural And Man-Made Disasters

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In the United States losses resulting from natural and man-made disasters have increased significantly due to catastrophic events. The natural and man-made disasters facing the United States can include acts of terrorism, wildland and urban fires, floods, hazardous material spills, nuclear accidents, hurricanes, earthquakes, and more. Emergency management is an essential role of government. The US emergency management is the organization and management of resources and responsibilities in the attempt to reduce the harmful effects of disasters (FEMA, 2010). The emergency management is based on phases of preparedness, mitigation, and recovery addressing extreme events and disasters.
When individuals think of disasters, many may view such events as a complex interaction between damaging physical events and its infrastructure, meaning the focus is on destroyed buildings. However, natural and man-made disasters only become disasters when people’s lives and livelihoods are swept away. However, in the event a disaster were to occur, whether man-made or naturally, being prepared potentially reduces the vulnerability to disaster. Preparedness encompasses actions designed to build organizational resiliency for response to and recovery from disaster impacts.
The Emergency Operation Plan (EOP) establishes a process and procedures for the context of the emergency. Each jurisdiction develops an EOP that helps define the scope of preparedness and the incident management activities
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