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Any physical construction to reduce or avoid possible impacts of hazards, or application of engineering techniques to achieve hazard-resistance and resilience in structures or systems.

'Holistic engineering' in the wake of disaster

12 Feb 2016, BSMG

When Judith Mitrani-Reiser visited Chile days after a massive earthquake hit the South American nation in 2010, what she saw left her shaken to her core, reports the Baltimore Sun. Apartment towers had toppled. Bridge decks lay scattered. Communications were down in vast areas of the country, disrupting everything from rescue efforts to the transfer of patients to hospitals... "It was painful to me, as an engineer, to see how badly we had failed society," said Mitrani-Reiser, a professor of civil engineering at the Johns Hopkins University and a leading expert in the field of disaster resilience.


Extracts of progress reports by progress indicator on the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action
  • Indicator 4.1 [PDF, 104Kb]Disaster risk reduction is an integral objective of environment related policies and plans, including for land use natural resource management and adaptation to climate change
  • Indicator 4.4 [PDF, 101Kb]Planning and management of human settlements incorporate disaster risk reduction elements, including enforcement of building codes
  • Indicator 4.5 [PDF, 87Kb]Disaster risk reduction measures are integrated into post disaster recovery and rehabilitation processes

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