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Axioms and Actions for Preventing Disasters

Kelman, I; (2019) Axioms and Actions for Preventing Disasters. Progress in Disaster Science , 2 , Article 100008. 10.1016/j.pdisas.2019.100008. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper explores basic axioms of why disasters happen so that fundamental actions for applying the axioms can be provided. It summarises key points from past decades of disaster-related research, policy, and practice, aiming for straightforward communication. Exploring these points demonstrates the typical finding in disaster research that responsibility for preventing disasters rests with society for the choices made in priorities, values, and behaviours by those who have the power and resources to choose. Ultimately, we know how to prevent disasters and we have the resources to do so. Starting points for galvanising successful actions need to be further explored.

Type: Article
Title: Axioms and Actions for Preventing Disasters
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.pdisas.2019.100008
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pdisas.2019.100008
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10067563
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