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Future Problem Solving: Recovering from Natural Disasters

A guide for students working on the problem: Recovering from Natural Disaster

Natural Disasters and Recovery

Natural Disasters

Earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and other natural disasters are big news when they occur. Recovery work such as rebuilding homes, infrastructure, and businesses go on even when the news moves onto the next big story. The human factor such as recovery from emotional, mental and physical stress is a painful journey for survivors of natural disasters, often taking many years after the disaster strikes. A disaster recovery plan (DPR) often proves inadequate especially since it is often developed only after the disaster. There are initial responses by Government agencies, insurance companies, charitable organisations, celebrities and individual volunteers respond with immediate help but long-term support can be difficult to maintain.

Questions

How can relief efforts be best utilised, coordinated, and sustained to assist survivors?

How can the people, communities, and countries that are affected by a disaster begin to recover from their losses and cope with their changed lives?

How will the impact on psychological and physical health be managed?