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Urban Environmental Management

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Urban risk reduction: Disasters happen because of the way we live
GDRC's pages on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management emphasizes the importance of disaster prevention and response management - focussing on risk reduction, mitigation and preparedness. The information provided here cover both natural and man-made disasters.


Understanding disasters and hazards. The role of information in disaster mitigation and management Online resources and links Focus on natural disasters and hazards Focus on disaster management

"Natural hazards such as floods, droughts, tsunamis, tropical cyclones, and earthquakes have the potential for causing massive harm to vital infrastructure. One of the most serious threats that face communities and nations directly after disasters is the disruption of access to safe water. This problem is particularly serious for developing countries, due to their higher levels of vulnerability."
- Salvano Briceņo, Former Director, UN ISDR on World Water Day


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   Did you know?

The second wednesday of October has been designated as the International Day for Disaster Reduction.

And March 23 is the World Meteriological Day

Improperly stored paint drums are a chemical HAZARD that poses a RISK of water contamination during a flood DISASTER increasing the VULNERABILITIES of nearby communities