Summary: Disasters continue to occur on a massive global scale. Here in the US, California alone has been beseiged by mudslides and earthquakes, while the Midwest has flooded and Florida was ravaged by Hurricane Hugo.
At Risk focuses on the underlying social causes of disasters, and suggests ways to integrate them with the natural science causes. The book examines vulnerability, which is central to an understanding of disasters and their prevention. The authors anal ...show moreyze access to various resources, which gives a precise measure of a community's vulnerability, and then applies the concepts laid out to various "hazards that become disasters:" famines and drought, floods, biological hazards, coastal storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides. The final section draws on the findings to suggest pratical and policy solutions for a safer and less vulnerable environment.
Published in the fourth year of the International Decade of Natural Hazard Reduction, At Risk is an important contribution to the literature on disasters and development. ...show less