Much has been learned the “hard way” after a natural disaster strikes. In many cases, those affected had little to no idea of their exposure to often devastating effects of natural disasters. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many whose homes were lost or seriously damaged were is shock as they had believed that they were “protected” from the hurricane storm surge. Had the public been better educated as to their risks, many lives may have been saved. It is now well understood by the engineering community that there are many, many areas, urban and rural alike, that have serious risks from flooding as well as several other types of damaging effects from natural disasters. Some groups are now becoming very active in raising public awareness as to these hazards. This presentation will describe some of the efforts now being made to inform and educate what the hazards are and how people can make rational choices as to how to handle those risks.
|Keywords:||Risks, Natural Disasters, Educating the Public|
Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI, USA