Disasters by Design: A Reassessment of Natural Hazards in the United States / Edition 1

Disasters by Design: A Reassessment of Natural Hazards in the United States / Edition 1

ISBN-10:
0309063604
ISBN-13:
9780309063609
Pub. Date:
05/18/1999
Publisher:
National Academies Press
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Disasters by Design: A Reassessment of Natural Hazards in the United States / Edition 1

Disasters by Design provides an alternative and sustainable way to view, study, and manage hazards in the United States that would result in disaster-resilient communities, higher environmental quality, inter- and intragenerational equity, economic sustainability, and improved quality of life. This volume provides an overview of what is known about natural hazards, disasters, recovery, and mitigation, how research findings have been translated into policies and programs; and a sustainable hazard mitigation research agenda. Also provided is an examination of past disaster losses and hazards management over the past 20 years, including factors--demographic, climate, social--that influence loss. This volume summarizes and sets the stage for the more detailed books in the series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780309063609
Publisher: National Academies Press
Publication date: 05/18/1999
Series: Natural Hazards and Disasters: Reducing Loss and Building Sustainability in a Hazardous World: A Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 371
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Summary 1(16)
A Sustainability Framework for Natural and Technological Hazards
17(24)
Origins and Development of the Current Approach
18(6)
Moving Beyond Existing Approaches
24(6)
Principles of Sustainable Hazards Mitigation
30(5)
Conclusion
35(6)
Scenarios of Sustainable Hazards Mitigation
41(24)
Miami, Florida
42(8)
Boulder, Colorado
50(7)
San Francisco, California
57(6)
Sustainability and Hazards Mitigation
63(2)
Losses, Costs, and Impacts
65(40)
Deaths, Injuries, and Dollar Losses
66(24)
Other Impacts
90(4)
Hazard Losses by State
94(2)
Issues in Loss and Impact Measurement
96(4)
Future Losses
100(2)
Data Needs
102(1)
Conclusion
103(2)
The Interactive Structure of Hazard
105(30)
Systems
106(27)
The Hazardousness of the Nation
133(2)
Influences on the Adoption and Implementation of Mitigation
135(20)
Decisionmaking Processes
136(8)
Social Influences
144(4)
Economic Factors
148(1)
Legal Considerations
149(3)
Other Influences
152(2)
Conclusion
154(1)
Tools for Sustainable Hazards Mitigation
155(54)
Land-Use Planning and Management
155(6)
Building Codes and Standards
161(5)
Insurance
166(8)
Prediction, Forecast, and Warning
174(26)
Engineering
200(6)
Conclusion
206(3)
Preparedness, Response, and Recovery
209(32)
Disasters
209(6)
Disaster Preparedness
215(5)
Response
220(6)
Factors That Influence Preparedness and Response
226(3)
Recovery and Reconstruction
229(10)
Conclusions
239(2)
Innovative Paths and New Directions
241(26)
New Technolgy and Approaches
242(13)
The Research Infrastructure
255(3)
Education
258(3)
International Comparisons and Exchanges
261(3)
Model Communities
264(1)
Conclusion
265(2)
Getting from Here to There
267(22)
One View of Sustainable Hazards Mitigation in Action
268(6)
Some Policy and Research Steps That Need to Be Taken
274(13)
A Final Word
287(2)
References 289(8)
Appendix A: Recommendations for Further Traditional Research 297(18)
Appendix B: Impacts of the 1975 Assessment 315(12)
Appendix C: Putting Knowledge into Practice 327(8)
Index 335

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