What is disaster management?
The term disaster management is defined in various ways. One of the better definitions is given below:
“Disaster Management can be defined as the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies, in particular, preparedness, response and recovery in order to lessen the impact of disasters.”
Disasters, however, are not only the result of natural calamities, but they can involve any criminal, accidental and technical threat that could adversely affect a company’s interests and throw it out of gear all of a sudden.
Disaster Preparation and Management can lessen the suddenness of a disaster and its consequential impact when the unfortunate cataclysm occurs.
Types of disaster
Criminal, accidental, natural or technical threats that could affect company interests.
Typhoons, earthquakes, tornados, floods, cyber crime, terrorist attacks: the Philippines has had its share of terrible disasters, therefore; it is important to engage in a proactive approach to Disaster Management in the Philippines.
The Philippines is among world’s most disaster-prone countries. Over the past two decades, the Philippines has endured a total of 274 natural calamities, making it the fourth most disaster-prone country in the world. This is based on the “Human Cost of Weather-Related Disasters” study conducted by the Geneva-based United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Belgian-based Centre on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), which covered the period between 1995 and 2015. The report also revealed that the Philippines was among the top ten countries with the most number of people affected by disasters, at 130 million for the period. (In contrast, China’s figure was 2,274 million.)
According to a press release from the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG), a total of 1,211 cybercrime complaints were filed with them from 2013-2015. Online scams (366), online libel (240), online threats (129), identity theft (127), and photo and video voyeurism (89) were the top 5 complaints they received.
A night market was bombed in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s home town recently, killing at least 14 people. It has been reported that the President branded the bombing as an act of terrorism.
It’s never too late to prepare for Disaster Management.
- A timely and efficient reaction and response when dealing with an emergency can happen to a large extent if there has been adequate preparedness and a disaster management plan in place to lead rescue operations. Spur of the moments decisions without any clear process will be chaotic and could lead to more lives being loss or more people being injured.
- Disaster management experts can help forfend a disaster by effective planning and pre-emptive actions, after carefully examining the possible causes of the catastrophe. The Philippines’ disaster management experts can rescue people effectively when floods, major fires, building collapses, and other natural calamities occur, even make arrangements for food, clothing, relief camps and medicines.
- Victims of typhoons and other natural calamities need to be rehabilitated properly. A disaster management team will get involved in the construction of dwellings and other infrastructure.
- Liaising with various private and government agencies to garner funds and donations fall within the expert’s scope of work.
- Disaster management experts provide clients with a 360-degree support structure. They get involved in disaster guidance, disaster control and disaster management which covers material, financial and psychological help to help victims get back on their feet.
Hiring a disaster management expert will help you minimize losses to life and property that can rise exponentially in the event of a calamity. Why not discuss your particular requirements with us at OSI? Contact us now.