Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Rapid Disaster-Response

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2927


Activities in rapid disaster‐response are designed to minimize loss of life, to organize the temporary removal of people and property from a threatened location and facilitate timely and effective rescue,  relief and rehabilitation. Disaster‐response is the sum of decisions and actions taken during and after  disaster, including immediate relief, rehabilitation and  reconstruction after the issuance of a state of emergency upon the occurrence of a large-scale calamity in order to activate measures aimed at the reduction of the disaster's impact.

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