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The Role of Public Health Services in Disaster Prevention

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 1 April 1992



Public health authorities have a crucial role to play in disaster prevention. They must identify the source of danger and ensure that it is kept at a level of simple risk bringing into play every preventive measure to guarantee a minimum level of safety. Outlines the importance of impact studies – the potential catastrophic agent is identified and examined with an eye to its reliability and “intrinsic safety”. A second instrument available to public health authorities is vulnerability analysis, namely the relationship between the environment and the population. Stresses the role of education as a “social” intervention in encouraging knowledge and the adoption of a behaviour which will diminish the hazard factors and increase the protection factors.



Costanzo, S. (1992), "The Role of Public Health Services in Disaster Prevention", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 1 No. 1.




Copyright © 1992, MCB UP Limited

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