The Vulnerable State: An Alternative View
International disaster research designed to develop methods to mitigate the social consequences of disaster rests on a key distinction between the proneness and vulnerability to disaster. The former concept refers to the frequency and magnitude of the physical events that constitute natural disasters; the latter describes and measures the impact of disasters by means of statistical and other methods. James Lewis of the United Kingdom urges a more conscientious adherence to impact analysis by the media, researchers, policy makers, and the public. Only then, he suggests, will the elements of programs for preparedness and prevention become clear, and only then will priorities for international disaster aid begin to relate to the actual human effects of disasters.
KeywordsNatural Disaster News Medium Disaster Relief Disaster Preparedness Vulnerable State
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