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Remembering the Basics in Disaster Preparedness

Written by  Dr. William L. Johnson, Scott A. Wiens & Dr. Annabel M. Johnson November 21, 2007

In today’s volatile global environment, business and government entities must prioritize broad-based planning, development and on-going assessment activities to adequately address the uncertainties of the future. Making companies and governments disaster resistant is not an option. It is an obligation. We may not have the technology to prevent disasters, but we can put contingency systems in place to minimize disaster damage. Many scientists think we are entering a period of increased storm intensity, more like the period from 1940 through 1969 when super storms occurred with greater frequency. According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), in the years ahead changes in socioeconomic conditions and climate will trigger chain reactions of devastation leading to “super disasters.” Over the past two decades, the United States has been hit with 42 weather-related disasters, each with damages of $1 billion or more. Although most of us in disaster planning

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