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Natural Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific

Policy and Governance

  • Caroline Brassard
  • Arnold M. Howitt
  • David W. Giles

Part of the Disaster Risk Reduction book series (DRR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Caroline Brassard, Arnold M. Howitt, David W. Giles
    Pages 1-13
  3. Emergency Response and Humanitarian Relief

  4. Recovery and Resilience

  5. Improving Preparedness

About this book


The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most vulnerable to a variety of natural and manmade hazards. This edited book productively brings together scholars and senior public officials having direct experience in dealing with or researching on recent major natural disasters in the Asia-Pacific. The chapters focus on disaster preparedness and management, including pre-event planning and mitigation, crisis leadership and emergency response, and disaster recovery. Specific events discussed in this book include a broad spectrum of disasters such as tropical storms and typhoons in the Philippines; earthquakes in China; tsunamis in Indonesia, Japan, and Maldives; and bushfires in Australia. The book aims to generate discussions about improved risk reduction strategies throughout the region. It seeks to provide a comparative perspective across countries to draw lessons from three perspectives: public policy, humanitarian systems, and community engagement.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Caroline Brassard
    • 1
  • Arnold M. Howitt
    • 2
  • David W. Giles
    • 3
  1. 1.National University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore
  2. 2.Harvard Kennedy SchoolCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Harvard Kennedy SchoolCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information


“The book Natural Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific presents a synopsis of contemporary risk-management thinking in the Asia-Pacific. … Natural Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific is well organized, concise and easy to navigate. … this book will be of interest to those involved in disaster risk-management activities throughout the Asia-Pacific.” (Thomas W. Haase, Natural Hazards Observer, Vol. XL (1), September, 2015)