Over the past few decades, the frequency and impact of natural disasters have increased dramatically.
Hydrological disasters made an average of 106.7 million victims per year between 2001-2010. The total cost of damage caused by natural disasters in the 1990s reached over $650 billion. The definition of natural disasters is any catastrophic event that is caused by nature or the natural processes of the earth.
The natural disasters that really affect people worldwide tend to become more intense as the years go on. Scientists, geologists, and storm watchers work hard to predict major disasters and avert as much damage as possible. However, despite the many natural disasters the world over, mankind has shown amazing resilience. Many people talk about when a disaster has hit and their neighbors and countrymen have come to aid, often to their own loss. Aiding those affected by disasters will always be important, but it is even more beneficial to develop solutions and methods of prevention before disaster strikes in the first place. The severity of a disaster is measured in lives lost, economic loss, and the ability of the population to rebuild.


With all the technology available, it’s become easier to predict major storms, blizzards, cyclones, and other weather related natural disasters. When an area or country is badly affected by a natural disaster, the reaction is always one of solidarity and aid is quick to come. People will step in and donate items, time, and skills in order to help those affected by a natural disaster. World Relief is an organization that provides crucial support to those who have been affected by disasters, but beyond that, they are invested in finding long-term solutions and preventing such events from occurring again. But there are still natural disasters that come up rather unexpectedly, such as earthquakes, wildfires, landslides, or even volcanic eruptions. There are organizations set up with the primary goal of being prepared for natural disasters. Despite this difference in magnitude, and the fact that it occurred over a century earlier, this quake only killed 3,000 people. So a flood on an uninhabited island would not count as a disaster, but a flood in a populated area is called a natural disaster. Some disasters cause more loss of life than others, and population density affects the death count as well. Personal effects, memorabilia, vehicles, and documents also take a hit after many natural disasters.


In some areas, the population has gotten somewhat prepared for the eventuality of disasters and shelters are built for hurricanes and tornadoes. We may not be moved to help until we see the need, as revealed by disasters, but the truth is the best disaster relief we can offer is precautionary. However, loss of property is still a problem, and predicting many natural disasters isn’t easy. Areas that are not used to disasters affected by flash floods or sudden hail storms can be affected in an extreme way. Aside from those who have chosen to make disaster relief their life-work, when disasters hit, it’s the individuals who step in who help to make a difference. Trauma is a big after effect of natural disasters and getting counseling has been the focus of aid—to heal emotionally as well as physically.



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