Introduction to Part IV

Authored by: Editors

The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698


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The policies and practices discussed in the previous section are important and necessary, but they do not deal directly with the underlying causes of disaster risk. Preparedness per se and response are, by definition, palliative. Planning is somewhat more ambiguous. Emergency response planning assumes that a disaster will happen. Conversely, comprehensive planning for hazards assumes that action can taken before a hazard in order to prevent or mitigate adverse impacts from that hazard – perhaps even turning the hazard into an opportunity.

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