Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction: A Report of the Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction [open pdf - 409KB]
"The Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction identified four key characteristics of disaster-resilient communities: 1. Relevant hazards are recognized and understood. 2. Communities at risk know when a hazard event is imminent. 3. Individuals at risk are safe from hazards in their homes and places of work. 4. Disaster-resilient communities experience minimum disruption to life and economy after a hazard event has passed." The Subcommittee concluded: "High-priority science and technology investments, coupled with sound decision-making at all levels, will dramatically enhance community resilience and thus reduce vulnerability. In support of this goal, the following six Grand Challenges provide a framework for sustained Federal investment in science and technology related to disaster reduction. 1. Provide hazard and disaster information where and when it is needed. 2. Understand the natural processes that produce hazards. 3. Develop hazard mitigation strategies and technologies. 4. Recognize and reduce vulnerability of interdependent critical infrastructure. 5. Assess disaster resilience using standard methods. 6. Promote risk-wise behavior."