The author would like to thank Professor Mike Petterson for reviewing Avoidable Deaths with care and sensitivity. The essence of the book has been captured succinctly. The author would like to respond to Petterson’s comment that “Odisha’s experience, whilst valuable, is not necessarily transferrable”. The transferability of Odisha’s experience lies in the lessons learnt and shared in India and beyond. This experience is a benchmark for emerging and developing economies to demonstrate what can be achieved by a poor Indian state. Although funding is constrained, there is no shortage of innovative disaster management activity. Such grassroots responses warrant sharing globally and locally in order to motivate and change the mind-set of those funding and managing risk reduction programmes. The Government of Odisha’s mission to “reduce death at any cost” is laudatory and disruptive. We need more such developmental disruptions to change practice and save precious lives. Petterson is right, the core thesis of Avoidable Deaths cannot be applied without tailoring the approach for local needs and context. This includes developing leading indicators of avoidable and unavoidable deaths, as well as establishing the right configuration of actors, networks and tools required to prepare for a “disaster climate” whilst also managing the interface with technology. This customisation is necessary in order to put the UN’s “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction” into practice and achieve its first Global Target: “substantially reduce global disaster mortality by 2030”.
Petterson, M. and Ray-Bennett, N. (2018), "Avoidable Deaths: A Systems Failure Approach to Disaster Risk Management", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 271-274. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPM-04-2018-301Download as .RIS
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