Applying the SDMS model to manage natural disasters in Mexico

J. R. Santos-Reyes, A. N. Beard

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    Several natural disasters that have occurred over the last 35 years world-wide. It is believed that during the past three decades they have claimed about four million lives worldwide, adversely affected the lives of at least a billion more people. The above has highlighted the need for an effective 'disaster management system' to mitigate the effects of such events. A systemic approach has been adopted to construct a model for a disaster management system. The Systemic Disaster Management System (SDMS) model aims to help to maintain disaster risk within an acceptable range in relation to disaster management. This paper presents the application of the SDMS model to the case of natural disaster management in Mexico; in particular, it has been applied to the case of earthquakes. The paper presents the essential features of a system that need to be in place so that disaster risk can be maintained within an acceptable level. Further research is needed in order to model recursive early warning co-ordination centres; that is, from international to national; regional to community levels from this point of view. It is hoped that this approach will lead to a better understanding of the management of natural disasters. © 2009 Taylor & Francis Group.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSafety, Reliability and Risk Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications - Proceedings of the Joint ESREL and SRA-Europe Conference
    Number of pages7
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    EventJoint ESREL (European Safety and Reliability) and SRA-Europe (Society for Risk Analysis Europe) Conference - Valencia, Spain
    Duration: 22 Sept 200825 Sept 2008


    ConferenceJoint ESREL (European Safety and Reliability) and SRA-Europe (Society for Risk Analysis Europe) Conference


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