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Disaster risk

Disaster risk is expressed as the likelihood of loss of life, injury or destruction and damage from a disaster in a given period (UNISDR 2015).

Disaster risk is widely accepted as a consequence of the interaction between a potential hazard or threat, the degree of exposure and the vulnerability characteristics that mean society will be more or less affected.

In this activity, we will review these three driving factors – hazard, exposure and the characteristics of a society that mean they may be significantly impacted.

Your task

Why is it so important to identify the key influencing factors of a country’s or region’s disaster risk profile?


UNISDR (2015) Global assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction [online] available from https://www.preventionweb.net/english/hyogo/gar/2015/en/gar-pdf/GAR2015_EN.pdf [20 December 2019]

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Disaster Risk Reduction: An Introduction

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