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Preparing for disaster

Preparing for disaster

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Published by: Green Action Sustainable Technology Group on Jul 21, 2010
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Certain groups ofpeople are much more at risk from the impact ofdisaster.

sThese include people who have problems in physically getting away from the

disaster,such as the elderly,the disabled,pregnant women and women with

young children.

sIt includes people who will find it hard to recover from the impact ofa

disaster,such as the young or the poor.

sIt includes people who for some reason have fewer resources.Maybe their

farms are too small to produce extra food to store,they have no animals or a

family member has died recently.

sGroups which are excluded from the community because ofracial,tribal or

caste differences may have no opportunity to share resources and support

during and following a disaster.





sImagine that a large dam across a big river,some 100km upstream ofour

community,develops huge cracks.The authorities know that it is likely to
burst within the next 24 hours.They warn all communities downstream to
evacuate immediately using radio broadcasts and officials with loudspeakers.
Discuss how people in your community would be affected.

sWhat would be the quickest and safest escape route to use?

sConsider the different types ofpeople in our community.How will they be

affected immediately following a disaster,and in the long term after several
weeks or months?

sWho is most likely to suffer serious effects? Why?

sHow could you plan to help the groups ofpeople likely to suffer the most

serious impact?

sWhat local organisations are there who might be able to help you in this?


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