Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Disaster Management, International

  • Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_813


Emergency management


Disaster management is a systematic process of using the body of policy, administrative decisions, organization, and operational skills and capacities to reduce the risk of natural or man-made disasters and their adverse effects. Disaster management can be realized at various levels – sub-national (local, regional), national, and international, and at various times – before, during, and after a disaster.

Basic Characteristics

International disaster management can be understood in two ways. On the one hand, it is management of international disasters affecting a number of countries, such as a tsunami, flood, drought, hurricane, epidemic, or war. On the other hand, the term describes international assistance to national (regional or local) disaster management ( disaster management, national).

Disasters devastate the lives, health, and livelihoods of millions of people every year. The vast majority of disaster‐related deaths and adverse health...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz
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  1. 1.Research Center for Agricultural and Forest EnvironmentPolish Academy of SciencesPoznańPoland
  2. 2.Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact ResearchPotsdamGermany