At Risk: Natural Hazards, People's Vulnerability and Disasters by Piers Blaikie, Terry Cannon, Ian Davis, Ben Wisner
At Risk reasserts the significance of the human factor in disasters. Establishing that the social, political and economic environment is as much a cause of disasters as the natural environment, the book argues that disaster mitigation is rooted in the potential humans have to understand their vulnerability and to take common action. Famines and drought, biological hazards, floods, coastal storms, earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides: At Risk draws practical and policy conclusions with a view to disaster reduction and the promotion of a safer environment.
Preface Part I Framework and Theory 1. The Challenge of Disasters and our Approach 2. Disaster Pressure and Release Model 3. Access to Resources and Coping in Adversity Part II Vulnerability and Hazard Types 4. Famine and Natural Hazards 5. Biological Hazards 6. Floods 7. Severe Coastal Storms 8. Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Landslides Part III Action for Disaster Reduction 9. Vulnerability, Relief and Reconstruction 10. Towards a Safer Environment Bibliography Index