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Preparedness is a state of readiness on individual, urban, sub-regional, and national scales that is sufficient to keep the expected and unexpected effects of an earthquake from causing a disaster.......
Preparedness is a state of readiness on individual, urban, sub-regional, and national scales that is sufficient to keep the expected and unexpected effects of an earthquake from causing a disaster. Emergency Response consists of all the scripted and unscripted heroic and historic responses during the “race against time” after a quake to save lives and protect property. Key elements of preparedness: 1) know your tectonic plates and seismicity; 2) know your fault zones; 3) know your potential disaster agents; 4) know your vulnerabilities. State-of-the-art preparedness planning integrates all four factors. Prepareadness and emergency response increase as the capability to anticipate what will happen increases. Key elements of emergency response. HISTORIC RESPONSES: The professional and non-professional responders will be making history for at least forty-eight hours (a “place holder” for the intense period of search and rescue operations) and thirty days (a “place holder” for the intense time of the “no room for error” decisions) that must be made. Every time an earthquake disaster occurs, we have new knowledge to add to our “books of knowledge” on preparedness and emergency response. Presentation courtesy of Dr. Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction