Disasters have and continue to wreck havoc across various settings all over the world. For this reason, disaster mitigations actions have become more than necessary across various settings all over the globe. With regards to this, the town that I reside in has put in place various disaster mitigation actions. More importantly, my town utilizes the all-hazard approach in alleviating severe dangers posed by disasters. Speaking of an all-hazard approach, this entails the execution of risk assessment focusing on all disasters that are likely to occur. Notably, normal disaster mitigation lay focus on particular disaster threats such as occupational safety and terrorism (Etkin et al., 2012). Nonetheless, the all-hazard approach as implemented in my town assesses the risk for all potential disasters; hence, offers a viable platform for prevention of such disasters.
On another note, my town has established programs that are primarily aimed at creating awareness amongst the populations on how to foresee and cope with disasters. Certainly, this strategy has been overly crucial in alleviating disasters in my town in that it has motivated the town’s residents become more aware on the likelihood of disaster strikes (Etkin et al., 2012). For example, through these programs the town’s dwellers have realized the importance of cleaning streams and drainage water ways, which alleviates havocs cased by blocked water ways.
Another disaster alleviation strategy that continues to be applied in my town is the execution of hazard mapping. Speaking of hazard mapping, this entails the development of maps on the areas that are likely to be affected by disasters. This is crucial in that it offers the requisites organs, particularly departments responsible for curbing disasters with the requisite information on how to handle disasters in the given areas. In addition, such maps, informs the residents of areas likely to be affected by disasters; hence, preparing them to handle the disasters (Etkin et al., 2012).
Etkin, D., Haque, C. E., & Canadian Risk and Hazards Network. (2012). Disaster risk and vulnerability: Mitigation through mobilizing communities and partnerships. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.