Auerbach Publications, Taylor & Francis Group, 2009, 285 pages, ISBN 978-1-4200-7038-5Damage and economic impacts of natural and man-made disasters have been growing at exponential rates over the past few decades. The magnitude of these disasters and our global interconnectedness have grown to the point where disasters may have regional, national, and even global economic consequences. We have attempted to reduce risks to human, economic, and environmental infrastructure, but at the same time continue to develop vulnerable geographic coastline areas of the world. Our communities are more vulnerable today than ever before to natural and humancaused disasters. Communities that are subject to such high degrees of risk can only achieve sustainable social and economic development through appropriately informed planning, protection, mitigation, and recovery strategies that are based on research that integrates our complex social, economic, and environmental systems.This book examines the hazards analysis process but also provides a broad view of how we use the outcomes in preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities of the emergency management process. Specifically, this book demonstrates how we utilize a hazards analysis for developing hazard mitigation strategies and the broader hazards risk management process. Further, the roles of problem solving, decision making, and risk communication are stressed in this text as a means of ensuring that we accurately identify problems associated with hazards and the risks that they present and make quality decisions associated with these risks. The risk communication process is also addressed, and the importance of engaging stakeholders in ensuring that risks are understood is stressed. The key is that hazards analysis is not an isolated process, but one that involves public officials and employees, the public, and the media, and that care is taken to ensure that all appreciate the risks that confront our organizations and communities.Introduction to Hazards Analysis Hazard Identification Modeling Natural Environmental Hazards Spatial Analysis Risk Analysis: Assessing the Risks of Natural Hazards Social, Economic, and Ecological Vulnerability Risk Communication The Hazards Risk Management Process Planning for Sustainable and Disaster Resilient Communities Disaster-Resilient Communities: A New Hazards Risk Management Framework
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