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Resilience and disaster risk reduction: an etymological journey
Abstract. This paper examines the development over historical time of the meaning and uses of the term resilience. The objective is to deepen our understanding of how the term came to be adopted inExpand
Social Media in Disaster Risk Reduction and Crisis Management
  • D. Alexander
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Sci. Eng. Ethics
  • 1 September 2014
The widespread adoption and use of social media by members of the public throughout the world heralds a new age in which it is imperative that emergency managers adapt their working practices to the challenge and potential of this development, but they must heed the ethical warnings and ensure that social media are not abused or misused when crises and emergencies occur. Expand
Towards the development of a standard for emergency planning.
This paper offers some suggestions, guidelines and models for the processes of drawing up, testing, revising and utilising an emergency plan and enumerates 18 principles that can be used to judge the quality of emergency plans. Expand
Confronting Catastrophe: New Perspectives on Natural Disasters
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The study of natural disasters, 1977-1997: some reflection on a changing field of knowledge.
It is concluded that analyses of disaster need to become more sophisticated and multi-disciplinary and must take account of several forms of context within which developments take place. Expand
The L'Aquila Earthquake of 6 April 2009 and Italian Government Policy on Disaster Response
Abstract This paper describes the impact of the earthquake that struck the central Italian city of L'Aquila on 6 April 2009, killing 308 people and leaving 67 500 homeless. The pre-impact, emergency,Expand
From civil defence to civil protection – and back again
Civil protection, or emergency preparedness as it is known in the USA, has grown in response to the need to protect populations against natural and technological disasters. Over the past two decadesExpand
A review of the physical geography of malta and its significance for tectonic geomorphology
Abstract This article reviews the literature on the structure, tectonics and stratigraphy of the Maltese Islands in order to assess their influence on the evolution of geomorphic features. VerticalExpand
Volcanic ash in the atmosphere and risks for civil aviation: A study in European crisis management
  • D. Alexander
  • Engineering
  • International Journal of Disaster Risk Science
  • 20 March 2013
This paper uses the eruption of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull in April and May 2010 as a case study of disruption to civil aviation by airborne ash, with emphasis on risk management aspects.Expand
Communicating earthquake risk to the public: the trial of the “L’Aquila Seven”
The trial and conviction of seven public officials in L’Aquila, central Italy, for having allegedly given out misleading and incorrect information to the public before the 6 April 2009 earthquake hasExpand