Case Studies in Disaster Mitigation: A volume in the Disaster and Emergency Management: Case Studies in Adaptation and Innovation series presents cases illustrating efforts to reduce human and material losses associated with disasters. This volume demonstrates that mitigation is an ongoing phase in which communities continually pursue long-term hazard resistance and reduction. Cases illustrate the importance of risk assessment in the development of mitigation strategies through hazard mapping and multi-hazard mitigation planning. Cases also illustrate approaches to reduction risk through structural and non-structural means, giving consideration to benefits or limitations of these strategies in different contexts.
The contributions of different mitigation activities to disaster risk reduction efforts are examined using the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
- Presents in-depth cases studies in disaster mitigation, one of the phases of disaster management
- Unites practice and research from multiple disciplines to highlight the complexity of disaster mitigation, including environmental and earth sciences, engineering, public health, geography, sociology, and anthropology
- Examines policy and ethical dilemmas faced by decision makers in disaster situations
Historical Perspectives on the State of Mitigation Practices 1. Current and Future Directions in Hazard Mitigation Policy
Mitigation Decision Making 2. Reducing Risk Through Public Engagement in Hazard Mitigation Plans 3. Community Based Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness Strategies in Rural Communities 4. Planning through Narratives: Participatory Tool and Disaster Risk Reduction 5. Leveraging Indonesian Youth Engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction
Emerging Issues 6. Odisha Disaster Recovery Project 7. Water Sensitive Mexico City 8. Futureproofing New York City Housing 9. EMcounter 10. Stampede at the Kumbh Mela 11. Planning for Resilient Urban Infrastructure
Himanshu Grover is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. His research focuses primarily on the fields of disaster and emergency management (DEM), and community resilience. He has authored and co-authored more than 20 articles and book chapters in these fields, contributed to the development of graduate and undergraduate coursework, received state and federal funding, and presently co-leads a national level research center focusing of hazard mitigation and disaster prevention.
Tanveer Islam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Management at Jacksonville State University, where he teaches hazard mitigation, community resilience and GIS courses. He received a PhD in land use planning from Texas Tech University and did postdoctoral research at Texas A&M marine branch in Galveston and at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Environmental Cooperative Science Center. He is also a certified floodplain manager.