Facts You Need to Know About Disaster Management

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While we may have little or no control over the occurrence of disasters, one can definitely be prepared and take necessary steps to contain the damage that they can cause. Here are some facts about Disaster Management that each one of us should be aware of:

  • Cost of Disasters
    • In 2015, natural disasters cost Australia more than $9 billion
    • The actual cost of natural disasters across Australia is said to have exceeded estimated costs by at least 50%
    • The total cost of natural disasters has been estimated to rise to an average of $33 billion per year by 2050
  • Disasters Identified
    • Natural Disasters
      • Bushfire
      • Floods
      • Earthquakes
      • Landslides
      • Epidemics
      • Storms, Cyclones, and Tornadoes
    • Unnatural Disasters
      • Major accidents
      • Structural collapse, fire
      • Terrorist attacks
      • Marine oil spills
      • Hazmat incidents
  • While there are Emergency Management Committees set up at State, District and Local levels, it is highly recommended for every organization to have a Disaster Management Strategy of it’s own.
  • The idea of Disaster Management or Emergency Management is to follow a 4 step process
    • Plan
    • Planning is all about coming up with the most viable methods of coping with all the possible issues that could arise in a given environment.

    • Prepare
    • Preparation focuses on charting out applicable emergency management measures, gauging their functionality, and finding the best method of remediation.

    • Respond
    • Training people to effectively carry out the necessary disaster management plans is extremely important, so as to avoid panic and save as many lives, and as much property, as possible.

    • Recover
    • Here the focus is on what needs to be done post-disaster. Organizations usually have in place short-term and long-term goals to recover the damage done.