Reducing Disaster Vulnerability through Science and Technology: An Interim Report of the Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction [open pdf - 881KB]
The purpose of this report is "to provide an overview of the hazard risks facing the nation, identify the common links between technological and natural hazard risk reduction, review the U.S. Government's current efforts to increase the nations disaster resiliency through research and implementation of new tools and technologies, and identify issues and opportunities for the future. [...] The extraordinary natural, climatic, and geographic diversity of the United States exposes the nation to a wide range of natural hazards. Modern industrial practices, dependency on critical infrastructures, and unforeseen interdependencies among systems make the nation further vulnerable to serious technological disasters. These factors, combined with increased population densities and property development in hazard zones, have dramatically heightened the nation's disaster risk. Although there is no system in either the private or public sectors for consistently compiling comprehensive disaster costs, conservative estimates indicate at least $20 billion annually in loss of life and property, disruption of commerce, and response and recovery costs."