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Objective 2.2: Concepts and Theories Applicable to Hazards and Disasters



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Objective 2.2: Concepts and Theories Applicable to Hazards and Disasters
After the students have given their definitions of key concepts. Start a PowerPoint lecture and discussion over the same terms. Be sure to keep it interactive to keep up their interest.
A. Hazards

There are several definitions for this key term. (Probably many students were correct with their perception) Discuss a few definitions and point out the commonalities.


Hazard: “…natural and social systems interact to produce a hazard…” (Burton, Kates, and White 1993, 24).
Hazard: A broad concept “that incorporates the probability of the event happening, but also includes the impact or magnitude of the event on society and the environment, as well as the sociopolitical contexts within which these take place. Hazards are the threats to people and the things they value, whereas risks are measures of the threat of the hazards…” (Cutter 1993, 2).
Hazard: “A hazard, in the broadest term, is a threat to people and the things they value. Hazards have a potentiality to them (they could happen), but they also include the actual impact of an event on people or places. Hazards arise from the interaction between social, technological, and natural systems.” (Cutter 2001, 2)



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