Friday, January 6, 2012

Global Disasters the New Normal?

The press is reporting on a UK think tank paper about global disasters and how to prepare for them.  Chatham House has issued a lengthy paper (Preparing for High Impact Events) that comes with an executive summary and podcast.  The study found that with the rash of disasters, the global economy could withstand a major disaster (natural or man-made) for only about a week.  Sobering news.

Clearly disaster preparedness and response is critical to maintaining economies, businesses, communities, and families faced with disaster.  Preparedness helps ready for and mitigate against a disaster.  Response provides the resources necessary to deal with the disaster and mitigate the finanicial and physical damage to property and life.  The ABA's Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section has been focused on Disaster Preparedness and Response during this year with teleconferences, podcasts, and live programs aimed and providing information, awareness, and vision to disasters of all kinds.  Program information from the teleconferences is available at West LegalCenter.  Podcasts are available at TIPS' Disaster Initiative Page and on the podcast page of this blog.  Program materials from live conferences will also become available, but the upcoming conferences in New Orleans in February, Charleston, SC in May, and Chicago in August are great ways for TIPS members and others interested in disaster preparedness and response to learn and expand the skill sets necessary to combat what the Chatham House folks predict is the new normal.

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