We in the United States have almost come to accept natural disasters as part of our nation's social fabric. News of property damage, economic and social disruption, and injuries follow earthquakes, fires, floods and hurricanes. Surprisingly, however, the total losses that follow these natural disasters are not consistently calculated. We have no formal system in either the public or private sector for compiling this information. The National Academies recommends what types of data should be assembled and tracked.
Table of Contents
|1 Estimating the Losses of Natural Disasters||3-14|
|2 Direct Losses of Natural Disasters||15-34|
|3 Indirect Losses of Natural Disasters||35-44|
|4 Conclusions and Recommendations||45-48|
|Appendix A: Environmental Impacts of Natural Disasters||55-64|
|Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members||65-68|
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