Any natural or human-made incident that causes disruption, destruction, and/or devastation requiring external assistance
-Range in size
-Are expensive (lives affected, property lost/damaged)
-Developing countries experience disproportionate burden from natural disasters
***Types of disasters:
*****( Please refer to Box 14-1 TYPES OF DISASTERS, p. 249)
***There are ways to prevent or manage how people and their communities respond to disasters.
-Although the number of disasters worldwide continues to grow, the number of lives lost has decreased.
U.S. agencies, directives, and systems:
-U.S. Department of Homeland Security
-National Preparedness Guidelines
-National Response Plan
-National Incident Management System
-Public Health and Medical Preparedness and the National Health Security Strategy
Although natural disasters cannot be prevented, much can be done to prevent further increases in accidents, death, and destruction after impact.