Natural disasters have increased in the current time at a massive rate. When we open the newspaper or turn on the TV, we can find out different disastrous incidents happening across the globe. But this is the result of our doings. We have destroyed the nature for our benefits. Different natural resources have been exploited for our own uses. So, nature is taking revenge on us. The people who are concerned about the environment, often tell the other guys about this. We need to save nature if we wish t9o cease these natural disasters.
Events such as Typhoon Morakot epitomize the unpredictable nature of our world. Without proper Contingency Planning, many countries and communities are left vulnerable to disaster. Contingent evacuation planning has become an operational necessity during floods to ensure the safety of the vulnerable groups in the affected communities. For most of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region, the increasing number of natural disasters poses one of the gravest threats.
Contingency planning has to move with the times, never static, always updated to accommodate new or increased risks. The International Strategy for Disaster reduction observed that the number of storms, droughts, and floods has increased threefold over the past 30 years. As these natural disasters increased, so did the number of those affected – a fivefold increase in the same period.
The Places Of Natural Disasters
Natural disasters can happen anywhere, anytime, with little or without warning. Our chances of surviving natural disasters improve significantly with the application of common sense and some preparation. Although, for some countries, they are less prone to this, the present decade tells a different story. It tells the story of emerging trends at increasing weather-related disasters. These trends have attributed to climate change, notably global warming.
The massive floods in Malaysia in 2006-2007 and the impact of Typhoon Morakot which hit the Philippines. It continued its destruction in Taiwan recently are indicative of the increasing intensity these natural disasters brought. With these recent disasters, an important question crops up. Despite the recurring floods, the bad experience with natural disasters, and the economic loss therein, where do we stand with natural disaster safety guideline, especially to the communities living in disaster-prone areas?
How To Prevent These Situations?
So how do communities reconcile these risks? In developing a contingency plan to address realistic threat scenarios, all the concerned stakeholders should form strategic partnerships and maximize all resources to ensure that, when activated, its implementation is one concerted effort by all. Local authorities with limited knowledge of disaster contingency planning have the option of choosing a strategic partner with demonstrated emergency preparedness experience.
In this context, apart from the available civil society organizations experienced in humanitarian assistance, the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies have excellent resources for creating effective disaster contingency plans. Their experience bears them in good stead as regards best practices for developing contingency plans. Moreover, they take part in reducing potential damages and especially protecting vulnerable groups (elderly, women, and children) during a crisis.