World Disaster Reduction Day
October 13, 1999
Discussion: Where Do We Go from Here?
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"World Disaster Reduction Day--
Where Do We Go From Here"
EIIP Technical Projects Coordinator
We used the occasion of World Disaster Reduction day to
try out a new session format. Ten discussion questions were posted in
advance (see below) with additional background and transitional material
provided by the moderator. Participation by the audience was excellent,
and in feedback after the session, participants were favorable about
using this format again for other issues.
Most participants agreed that some type of continuing effort to focus
attention on disaster mitigation is needed, and that a well-coordinated
campaign would be useful, however it must reach and support activities
at the local community level. The U.N. is generally perceived as the
institution with sufficient global scope for a world-wide campaign.
- Did you ever do anything in your jurisdiction during the decade to observe World Disaster Reduction Day? If so what?
- Did you ever receive any briefing materials from anybody and/or did you use the press kits provided by the IDNDR?
- Do you feel that because the IDNDR has been a UN program, that it
has been downplayed in the U.S.? What is the general attitude toward
the UN in your community?
- Do you think a framework of some type such as IDNDR is needed in the
future to continue to focus attention on disaster reduction? If so, do
you favor continuing on with the UN framework, or should there be some
other international form?
- How should future U.S. participation in an international disaster
reduction framework be organized? Who should be included on any such
U.S. committee (or other countries)?
- What could a national committee or coalition for disaster reduction
do to support community-based actions, assuming they had no major
dollars to spend on it? What should elements of their "strategic plan"
- Do you feel that if the true total costs of disasters were
quantified and made known, that this might assist in obtaining funding
- Do you think that it might be helpful that if any project is
required to perform an environmental impact analysis as a condition of
federal or state funding, that it be required to analyze the potential
affect on risks from natural hazards?
- In the future, do you think a well-coordinated national, state, and local level "Disaster Reduction Day" could be useful?
- If you received a media kit in advance, what would it contain and would you use it?
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