Lack of Disaster Preparedness

By: Giuliana V and Aniv T

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Lack of preparedness for natural disasters in countries causes a loss in lives and a decline in the economy.

Katrina/ Hurricane

Hurricane Katrina was a hurricane in 2005 that occurred in the Atlantic hurricane season. It was a very expensive natural disaster that has happened. Katrina is also one of the five most deadliest hurricanes, in the history of the United States.

Earthquakes/ Tsunami Japan

In 2011 Japan faced a 9 magnitude tsunami as well as an earthquake. The effects of the earthquake were felt around the world, in Norway's to Antarctica. Currently today because, of this. tsunami the debris still continues to wash up on North American beaches..

India/ Tsunami

Ocean earthquake and Tsunami occurred in 2004 near the west coast of the Indian Ocean, this natural disaster killed over 230,000 people in fourteen countries. Indian Ocean Tsunami was one of the deadliest and harmful natural disasters in history of India.

Earthquakes/ Nepal

The United Nations says 8 million people have been affected by the quake, with at least 2 million in need of tents, water, food and medicines over the next three months.

Quote from the Red Cross-

"The American Red Cross is committing $1,000,000 and mobilizing disaster specialists to help provide emergency humanitarian assistance following the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal."

Quote from the TIMES-

"The 7.8 magnitude earthquake will hamper Nepal for years"

Analysis

Due to the lack of preparedness for natural disasters, many countries have lost lives and their economy has gone down drastically because, the countries weren't prepared. If countries were prepared in such calamities, it would benefit the country's economy and population as a whole. Especially for underdeveloped countries, they lack well preparedness and don't have the right resources. Due to their level in the economy also being low, when they face a natural disaster it takes years for them to recover. Developed countries such as USA comes into place now, they help by giving financial support, and also hand out food and resources to underdeveloped countries when they face such natural disasters. Also organizations like the Red Cross, Greenpeace and etc help support the country by providing food, water, medical care and emergency shelter.
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Citations

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  • Taylor, Alan. "Ten Years Since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 26 Dec. 2014. Web. 3 May 2015.