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Week 1 The Management of Disasters Ali Asgary, York University, Winter 2011
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Contents: History of Disaster and Emergency Management United Nations Activities Modern Disaster and Emergency Management A Brief History of Emergency Management in Canada
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Disasters have adversely affected humans since the dawn of our existence In response, individuals and societies alike have made many attempts to decrease their exposure to the consequences of these disasters, developing measures to address initial impact, as well as post- disaster response and recovery needs Regardless of the approach adopted, all of these efforts have the same goal: Disaster Management
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Disasters throughout history Disaster Year Number Killed Earthquake-Egypt and Syria 1201 1,100,000 Earthquake - China 1556 830,000 Calcutta typhoon - India 1737 300,000 Caribbean Hurricane 1780 22,000 Volcano-Indonesia 1815 80,000 Influenza-world 1917 20,000,000 Flood-China 1931 3,000,000 Famine-Russia 1932 5,000,000 Cyclone-Bangladesh 1970 300,000 Earthquake-China 1976 655,000 Tsunami-Asia 2004 300,000
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The History of Emergency Management: Ancient History Hazards have not always existed With the appearance of man followed the incidence of hazards and disasters Early evidence The Asipu (3200 BC Iraq) Hamurabi Codes (Babylonia) (1950 BC) Herculaneum and Pompeii (79 AD Roman)-evacuation vs no evacuation CODE OF LAWS OF HAMURABI • If a builder build a house for a man and do not make its construction firm and the house which he has built collapse and cause the death of the owner of the house - that builder shall be put to death • If it cause the death of the son of the owner of the house - they shall put to death a son of that builder • If it cause the death of a slave of the owner of the house - he shall give to the owner of the house a slave of equal value
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The History of Emergency Management: Modern Roots Many of today’s emergency management concepts can be traced to the achievements of past civilizations Babylon (1950 BC) King Amanemhet (1800 BC) River Nile Flood Control-Transfer of water from
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