Life protection and earthquake preparedness in urban and rural settlements

Published in Scientific Papers. Series E. Land Reclamation Earth Observation & Surveying, Environment Engineering, Vol. I
Written by Emil-Sever GEORGESCU, Daniela DOBRE, Claudiu-Sorin DRAGOMIR

In seismic areas, present and future generations may suffer because of vulnerable built heritage. Security of life in large and densely populated urban settlements involving protection against multiple hazards/threats of the system depends of exposed elements such as buildings or landscape elements and utility networks, social and economic functions, and population. In rural settlements risks can be different with a higher contribution of natural environmental factors: slopes, areas with high level of groundwate etc. This article will present: - Factors depending of seismic risk, in conjunction with sociology, individual and collective psychology, risk perception and social behavior of human community, government and emergency management; - Seismic education programs in the past 20 years, knowledge and the actions needed to behave rationally and effectively, to deal with rumors, panic, to prevent disasters and survive, strengthen and restore buildings and places and life after seismic events with negative effects; - A new concept and applications offered through the Centre for information, education and training of the population; The new approaches take into account the need to use reliable earthquake engineering researchers of URBAN-INCERC, INCERC Bucharest Branch, for training, to identify the gaps in present public information and to cover all age and professional categories of population and public servants, to teach them practical approaches to protect and cope with disaster impact.

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Georgescu E. S., Dobre D., Dragomir C. S., 2012, Life protection and earthquake preparedness in urban and rural settlements. Scientific Papers. Series E. Land Reclamation Earth Observation & Surveying, Environment Engineering, Vol. I, ISSN-L 2285-6064, 61-65.

 


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