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7. Learning from Disasters
Pages 45-48

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... The Committee recommends that data on the physical, biological, social, and health aspects of disasters be systematically collected and shared and that the resulting lessons learned be incorporated into policy and practice to reduce the impacts of future disasters. To achieve this goal, the Committee proposes that: · gui(lelines for documenting the effects of natural disasters be developed and adopted, · information resulting from postdisaster studies be shared, and · disaster reduction programs and legislation be developed for rapid implementation after an event.
From page 46...
... Sharing postdisaster data increases their potential to help improve disaster reduction practices, particularly when disciplines come together. Geologists, geophysicists, seismologists, architects, engineers, biologists, sociologists, urban planners, financial institutions, public officials, and meclical personnel working together are more likely to clevise practical natural hazard reduction strategies than wouIc!
From page 47...
... ~/ineralolitity to severe water shortages and the effects of their poorly coordinated responses. By fine 1990, 23 states had plans and; another had: lsegun the planning process.
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... A strong working knowledge of the area struck is needed to ensure that appropriate supplies are Gleliveredf anti that the special needs of the community—such as possilsle cultural or language barriers are anticipated.

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