Community Hazard Vulnerability Assessments: How Technology Can Assist in Comprehension [open pdf - 3MB]
From the thesis abstract: "The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 mandates that all levels of government identify, classify and develop plans for the mitigation of the hazards to which they are exposed, be they natural or man-made. In addition to the legal requirement, communities need to complete a hazard vulnerability assessment to help them determine priorities in deciding how much of a given resource should be aimed at solving a given problem. No communities have unlimited resources; as such, it is imperative that resource allocators, be they emergency managers or elected officials, fully understand the depth and breadth of the multitude of hazards their communities face. Understanding how humans process information and then using technology to assist in the comprehension of that information can only enhance a community's emergency management cycle of planning, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery."
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