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Saving Lives

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  • UserJosh Macabuag (SARAID, World Bank), Saki Yotsui (Ritsumeikan University), Freya Jephcott (Centre for Existential Risk)
  • ClockMonday 26 October 2020, 16:00-17:00
  • HouseZoom.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Camilla Penney.

An intuitive definition of disasters involves mass casualties. The scale of the hazard event is one determinant of loss of life, but many other factors also play a role. This session will explore the value placed on human life in disaster preparedness and response, and how such losses can be reduced by both preparation and post-disaster response. Questions addressed will include:
  • What is the role of understanding likely casualties in mitigating or preventing disasters?
  • How can we educate at risk populations to minimise the casualties and psychological damage of disasters?
  • What measures can be taken in response to a disaster to reduce casualties?
  • How should disaster risk reduction efforts balance loss of life with other impacts?

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This talk is part of the Cambridge Disaster Research Network series.

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