Every country, government, and society reduces vulnerability to hazards and copes with disasters differently. Led by the United Nations, international disaster risk reduction efforts have made moderate progress. However, in the absence of preparedness and mitigation activities, many countries focus primarily on a reactive approach to managing disasters. This method is not sustainable.
EADP 4040 International Disasters was recently offered in an asynchronous online format with EMDS adjunct faculty member Luis Tapia.
Tapia covered topics including disaster trends, risk perception, social vulnerability, and sustainable development in an international context. Video lectures, film reviews, and an online accessible text book helped facilitate our discovery on how international stakeholders handle natural disasters and acts of terrorism. Special attention was given to the role of disaster relief and identifying why developing coun-tries continue to be susceptible to disasters.
Are you interested in exploring long-term sustainable solutions for international disaster risk reduction? Learn more at EMDS.unt.edu.
This story first appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of The Mitigator, the EMDS department newsletter