Technology continues to improve allowing meteorologists and geologists a greater understanding of natural disasters. These improvements allow them to better forecast when and where disasters can occur. Although these improvements have helped, indecisiveness and/or lack of true understanding by decision makers still cause businesses and/or individuals to be impacted. This can be seen in the aftermaths of Hurricane Katrina, Tropical Storm Sandy, California Wildfires, Hurricane Maria, etc. All too often decision makers are not proactive, rather they are only reactive. In order to prevail against disasters, decision makers must come to realize that this is a collective, not an individual effort. To lessen the impact caused by the disaster, people need to be educated and trained on how to respond.
What Everyone Needs to Know
A Natural Disaster is usually defined as any event or force of nature that has catastrophic consequences. They can strike an area at any time and while on some cases there might be time for incident preparedness, in most occasions’ preparedness falls short on what the needs are post-disaster. Its effects can range significantly from low to extreme impact resulting in costly material damages and the worse, the loss of life. Additionally, financial losses can surpass expectations as recovery efforts might take longer than expected. Traditionally, natural disasters have a greater economic impact than any other events. Some natural disasters have little or no warning, are generally short in duration and can cause severe damage. On the other hand, other disasters can occur with a fair amount of notice. Nonetheless, planning is necessary for both individuals and businesses.
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