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A Global Perspective on Disaster Management


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  • 1. Natural Disaster RiskA Global Perspective David Alexander Global Risk Forum - Davos (CH)
  • 2. Trends in disaster losses are unsustainable. In the second half of the 20th century the world experienced increases of:• 250% in the number of recorded disasters• 500% in number of disasters with victims• 500% in the number of affected people• 1500% in the total cost of disasters Disasters• 1640% in the cost 1900-2009 of insured damage.
  • 3. Then (1950s) Now (2007)Under-reporting of More completedisasters recordingCounting only direct Quantifying indirecteffects effectsSmaller population of Larger population,hazardous places greater densitiesLess inequality Growing inequality and marginalisationLess fixed capital at Relentless accumulationrisk of fixed capitalSimpler socio-economic More complex networksnetworks
  • 4. An asset is not A hazard is notvulnerable unless hazardous unlessit is threatened Resilience it threatens by something something Hazard RISK VulnerabilityExtreme Elements events at risk Exposure
  • 5. Primary • cause and effect VULNERABILITY Secondary Complex• interaction of causes • complicated • coincidences interactions
  • 6. Total: life isNewly generallygenerated: precarious Economic:caused by people lackchanges in adequatecircumstances occupation Vulnerability TechnologicalDelinquent: technocratic:caused by caused bycorruption, the riskinessnegligence, Residual: caused by of technologyetc. lack of modernisation
  • 7. Indeterminacy Climate change Collateral Cascading vulnerability effects Interaction Secondary between risks disasters "Fat-tailed" distributions Probability of impacts
  • 8. Falling hazard RisingRisk: value of probable costs and losses Hazard: probability of occurrence with diminishing vulnerability Vulnerability: potential damage probability of with increasing occurrence seriousness of potential Vertical axis scales: consequences Risk as product of hazard and vulnerability Total annual predicted costs and losses Severity Fat-tailed distribution
  • 9. Population (community) Plans, protection procedures, protocols Disaster risk reduction Hazardforecasting, Human monitoring, Incident and material etc. management resources
  • 10. Knowledge Knowledge of of hazards community and their vulerability impacts DRR Knowledge of copingDisaster capacity and Risk resilienceReduction
  • 11. RedundancyThe ingredientsof resilience Adaptability Attitude Participation ...and communication
  • 12. Disaster Risk Reduction ResilienceCivil Contingencies Management Civil Protection Disaster Management Broader Changing scope and objectives outcomes of emergency management
  • 13. Civil contingencies Business Civil Civilcontinuity protection defence management Resilience The risk environment
  • 14. Community disaster planning Volunteerism Donations Self-organisation Community resources Organisation Resources Imposed Governmental organisation resources Laws, protocols, directivesStandards, norms, guidelines International resources
  • 15. The creation of a culture of civil protection HABIT INSTRUMENTS OF DISSEMINATION MASS • mass media EDUCATION CULTURE • targeted campaign PROGRAMME • social networks • internet SOCIAL CAPITAL Augmentation
  • 16. Hazards and risks: disaster preparedness UncertainGovernance: future: democratic Livelihoods: long-termparticipation diversity trends in decision and security climate making change capacity RESILIENCE: to adapt managing risks adapting to change securing resources
  • 17. needs to be needs to be shortened lengthened impact warning and emergency evacuation management and rescue repair ofpreparation basic for the isolation services recovery andnext event reconstruction needs to beRisk reduction and disaster mitigation strengthened
  • 18. Perception Knowledge Risk assessment Risk Risk Disastermanagement analysis threat RiskInstitutional communication Adaptation learning
  • 19. Organisational Naturalsystems: systems:management function Hazard Vulnerability ResilienceSocial Technicalsystems: systems:behaviour malfunction
  • 20. OptimisationTechnology Response Message Perception Plan Culture Social factors
  • 21. In times of peace Planning, Fusion with warning and sustainabilitypreparedness agenda Enhanced Organised structural non-structural protection protection In times of crisis
  • 22. Health Contingencysystem planningEmergency Search Emergencymedical andresponse response rescueEmergency Emergencycommunications management
  • 23. MAJOR DISASTER RISKS (e.g. floods, drought, landslides, heatwaves)EMERGING DAILY RISKS SUSTAINABILITY RISKS(e.g. climate OF DISASTER (e.g. food change, RISK REDUCTION security, pandemics) poverty) GENERAL SUSTAINABILITY (e.g. lifestyles, economic activities, environment)
  • 24.