Natural Disaster, Comparing Huadong and Spence Views. Essay

1661 Words May 7th, 2012 7 Pages
GO125 Natural Disasters
April 4th, 2012
Homework 1 Essay For the purpose of this paper I chose to summarize two articles from the given selection. I have chosen to read an article by Robin Spence titled “Risk and regulation: can improved government action reduce the impacts of natural disasters?”, and another by Huadong Guo titled “Understanding global natural disasters and the role of earth observation”.
ARTICLE 1 “Natural disasters have become major threats to human life and the world economy,
Governments and international organizations are cooperating to promote global and regional risk management, and to improve the capability to mitigate the effects of disasters.(Guo, 2011)” Huadong Guo wrote his article based on the
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(Spence, 2011)” Regulating codes have proven important but if the codes are too difficult that highly qualified professionals are needed to understand it doesn’t benefit the purpose. In this case simpler codes that can “satisfy the regulation or rule” would be a step in the right direction.

Implementing code and regulations for new buildings has become an important topic to control disaster and casualty in hazardous situations but it is also just as important and imperative to strengthen current buildings that do not meet code and regulations to prevent future damage and casualties. However there are drawbacks to this requirement. The main drawback is cost. The cost of renovations to current buildings’ in order to get them up to date or to meet the code guidelines falls back on the building’s owners and can be a huge expense. For poor countries this can be a problem as resources and funds are not available. There should also be some incentive to the building owner for upgrading and updating their building.

Regulating natural hazard insurance is another way of mitigating activity. “The primary purpose of insurance schemes is to spread the burden of paying for post-disaster recovery to a wider group, nationally and internationally, they create significant opportunities for mitigation. (Spence, 2011)” A company can limit the losses

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