Compound Hazards and Cascading Disasters

Tue. 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. MDT

Although there is a tendency to think of disasters as distinct events, all too often they are a complex series of circumstances that stretch over years and build on and encompass other disasters, as well. These compound and cascading events require special approaches in terms of response, recovery, and planning—but they can result in more hopeful and resilient communities. This session will discuss what contributes to compound and cascading disasters, ways to prepare for and respond to likely events, and lessons to be learned from communities that have faced multiple disasters and emerged more prepared.

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