Manmade Risks are Greater Threat than Natural Disasters

Following up on the last posting that deal with risk, here is another perspective. According to a Guardian article on Lloyds of London, manmade risks have become a greater threat.  See: Lloyd’s boss says manmade risks are bigger threats than natural disasters

Inga Beale, Lloyd’s of London boss, says terrorism is bigger risk than earthquakes and hurricanes as insurer posts 30% fall in profits

Data on Homes at Risk in U.S.

43% of U.S. homes are at high risk of natural disaster

Many American homeowners might still be surprised at the risk their home faces of getting hit by a natural disaster in the near future. A report released on Thursday by real estate research firm RealtyTrac found that 43% of U.S. homes and condos — that’s a total of 35.8 million homes — are at a high risk or very high risk of at least one type of natural disaster. The report examined 2,318 counties nationwide and assigned each a score of natural disaster risk score from 0 to 300 based on their risk of wildfire, hurricane, flood, tornado and earthquake; the higher the score the higher the risk of natural disaster.

Another article on this topic from USA Today; I believe they refer to the same data source.

“Global Risks: Pool Knowledge to Stem Losses from Disasters”

From Nature.com, an article by Susan Cutter et al: Global risks: Pool knowledge to stem losses from disasters.  Public awareness, rigorous risk research and aligned targets will help policy-makers to increase resilience against natural hazards, say Susan L. Cutter and colleagues.

Interesting article that is well-worth reading.

New UN Report: Global Assessment on Disaster Risk Reduction, 2015

Press Release and full report titled Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction 2015. The full report is 316 pages, but there is a “pocket version” that is 28 pages. Some details from the press release:

The fourth edition of the United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is a resource for understanding and analyzing global disaster risk today and in the future. The report explores the large potential losses from disasters currently face by many countries – especially those which can least afford to invest in future resilience and the cost and benefits of disaster risk management (DRM). It emphasizes as well the close link between disaster risk and sustainable development and explores prospective, corrective and compensatory risk management approaches as a way to integrate it in development activities, in order to avoid risk generation and accumulation. The report aims to promote the integration of Disaster Risk Management into development by raising the awareness that managing risks cost less than managing disasters.

The GAR series has compiled and analyzed data and information on disaster risk patterns and trends, government self-assessment of progress, and critical challenges to disaster risk reduction since 2009. GAR09, provided evidence that disaster risk is disproportionately concentrated in lower-income countries with weak governance

 

New “Reduce Your Risk Tools” for NYC

New Reduce Your Risk Tools:

New York City’s dense population and geographic location make it especially vulnerable to emergencies caused by natural and man-made hazards. While it is important for you to protect yourself and your families from emergencies, it is also important to protect your property. ***

Be sure to click through to the NYOEM’s  Hazard Mitigation: Risk Landscape tool.

Thanks to David Pollack of the NY Jewish Community Relations Council for calling this resource to my attention.

“Understanding Risk in an Evolving World”

Excellent new report on risk, including some best practices, resulting from a recent conference.  The report – – Understanding Risk in an Evolving World: Emerging Best Practices in Natural Disaster Risk Assessment was prepared by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery.  A 16 page policy summary is available here.

Update: The full report is 224 pages, so I guess only the truly serious will download it!  Thanks to John Coleman for sending me the URL.