Title:At Risk: Natural Hazards, People's Vulnerability, and Disasters Author(s): By Piers Blaikie, Terry Cannon, Ian Davis and Ben Wisner Price: $34.95 (Paperback) Buy it!
Disasters continue on a massive scale. Prediction, preparation, relief and reconstruction have improved but the social causes of disasters remain largely unaddressed. At Risk reasserts the significance of the human factor in disasters. Establishing that the social, political, and economic environment is as much as cause of disasters as the natural environment, the authors argue that disaster mitigation is rooted in the potential humans have to understand their vulnerability and to take common action. The book draws some practical as well as policy conclusions with a view to disaster reduction and promoting a safer environment. Royalties from the sale of this book are being donated to Oxfam, in support of its work in reducing people's vulnerability to hazards.