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New online tool to improve natural hazard risk awareness


Launch of a new web-based tool is aimed at enabling non-specialists to consider the impacts of natural disasters on new development projects.

The Think Hazard! tool has been developed by a group of organisations led by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery for assessment of risks from landslides, earthquakes, volcanos, tsunamis, flooding, cyclones and drought.

Landslide specialist and project contributor University of East Anglia pro-vice chancellor David Petley said: “For each level of hazard there are a set of recommendations as to how to go about determining the level of threat and to manage it.”

The flagging system uses project locations to show users whether they require high, medium or low awareness of each hazard when planning their project.

Think Hazard! also provides recommendations and guidance on how to reduce the risk from each hazard within the project area, and provides links to additional resources such as country risk assessments, best practice guidance, additional websites.

Petley added: “My sense is that this is an incredibly useful tool to both raise awareness of the likelihood of natural hazards in poor countries and to provide mechanisms to their mitigation. It is an impressive achievement.”

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