Natural Disasters: Risk Assessment, Management Strategies and Challenges


Deanna Romero (Editor)

Series: Natural Disaster Research, Prediction and Mitigation
BISAC: NAT023000

Disasters are amongst the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Natural disasters have particularly witnessed an overwhelming escalation in the last three decades. The period between 1990 and 2005 holds the record for the highest frequency of natural disasters ever witnessed on earth. Between 2000 and 2005 for instance, natural disasters affected around 240 million people globally (UNISDR 2010). Almost 350 disasters were reported in 2015 alone, affecting 98.6 million people, causing over 22,000 deaths and resulting in an economic loss of around US$ 66.5 billion (UNFCC, 2016). The United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction estimates that the economic losses from natural disasters for 2015 alone far exceed the mean annual estimate of US$ 275 million (UNISDR, 2015a). This book reviews the risk assessment for natural disasters, as well as management strategies and challenges the world currently faces. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Risk Communication of Disasters in Urban Settings: The Social Involvement on the Reduction of Vulnerabilities
Janaína Rocha Furtado and Antônio Edésio Jungles (University Center for Disaster Studies and Research – Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil)

Chapter 2. Determinants for Adopting Risk Management Mechanisms Amongst Flood Victims in North West Cameroon
Roland Azibo Balgah, Jude Ndzifon Kimengsi and Gertrud Buchenrieder (Senior Research Fellow, Bamenda University of Science and Technology, Nkwen Bamenda, NWR, Cameroon, and others)

Chapter 3. Disaster Management Policies and Practices in Nepal
Krishna R. Tiwari (PhD Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal)

Chapter 4. Seismic Risk Perception of High School Students in Mexico City
Jaime Santos-Reyes, Tatiana Gouzeva, Galdino Santos-Reyes and Diego Padilla-Perez (Grupo de Investigación SARACS, ESIME, ZAC, Instituo Politécnico Nacional, México)

Chapter 5. The Effects Major Earthquakes have on Young Adolescent Children from the Perspective of Their Parents and Other Stakeholders
K. Nicholas and J. Fletcher (University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand)

Chapter 6. Teachers’ Lived Realities during and after a Natural Disaster: An Earthquake Case Study
Jo Fletcher and Karen Nicholas, Dr (Senior lecturer in literacy education at the College of Education, Health and Human Development, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand)

Chapter 7. Understanding why the Gorkha Earthquake Became Devastating
Maria Risom Laursen (Independent Researcher, Copenhagen, Denmark)

Chapter 8. Home Attachment in Risk Areas: Exploratory Study in Itajaí Valley
Roberta Borghetti Alves, Ariane Kuhnen and Jacksiani Erat (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil)

Chapter 9. A Virtual Community of Practice to Learn about Natural Disasters: Opportunities and Challenges
Raquel Gimenez, Leire Labaka, Jose Mari Sarriegi, and Josune Hernantes Tecnun (University of Navarra, San Sebastian, Spain)

Chapter 10. Challenges to Building Community Resilience from Disaster in the Context of Urban Health Emergency Management
Yoko Aihara (Kobe City College of Nursing, Kobe City, Japan)

Chapter 11. An Overview of the Current Global and Regional Actions against Climate Change
Maider Sainz, Josune Hernantes, Leire Labaka, and Jose Maria Sarriegi (TECNUN, San Sebastián, Spain)

Chapter 12. Disaster Relief and Reconstruction in Taiwan: Policy and Issues
Wan-I Lin (Department of Social Work, National Taiwan University, Taipei City, Taiwan)

Chapter 13. Social Security Add, Control, and Management for Flood in Taiwan under Extreme Climate between 1994 and 2013
Yi-Ti Tung, Tzu-Yi Pai, Ray-Shyan Wu, and Ching-Ho Chen (Department of Social Work, National Taipei University, New Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC, and others)

Chapter 14. Suicidal Behaviour in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters: Trends, Risk Factors and Best Practices in Prevention
Victoria Ross, Kairi Kõlves and Diego De Leo (Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention, Griffith University, Mt Gravatt Campus, Brisbane, Australia)


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