Danger Need Not Spell Disaster But How Vulnerable are We?

Birkmann, Joern (2005). Danger Need Not Spell Disaster But How Vulnerable are We?. United Nations University Press.

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  • Author Birkmann, Joern
    Title Danger Need Not Spell Disaster But How Vulnerable are We?
    Volume/Issue No. 1
    Publication Date 2005-01-27
    Place of Publication Bonn
    Publisher United Nations University Press
    Pages 7
    Language eng
    Abstract This research is extracted from a book proposed for publication by United Nations University Press in 2006 that examines our vulnerability to hazards of natural origin, and explores the opportunities for adopting a pre-emptive rather than a reactive approach to natural disasters. The world may suddenly turn its attention to the suffering victims of catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina and the Asian Tsunami, but by that time the disaster has already struck and we have failed to prepare for it. This document asks important questions about the very nature of vulnerability. How do we define vulnerability—does our definition relate to how susceptible we are before a disaster or how well we cope afterwards, or both? How can we measure vulnerability accurately, and how can we begin the process of making society—from local communities to the whole world—more disaster-resilient?
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2005
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISSN 18165796
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