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close this bookCommunity Emergency Preparedness: A Manual for Managers and Policy-Makers (WHO, 1999, 141 p.)
close this folderChapter 3 Vulnerability assessment
View the documentIntroduction
View the documentThe process of vulnerability assessment
View the documentThe planning group
View the documentHazard identification
View the documentHazard description
View the documentDescribing the community
View the documentDescription of effects and vulnerability
View the documentHazard prioritization
View the documentRecommending action
View the documentSummary
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· Vulnerability assessment is a procedure for identifying hazards, describing community vulnerability, and determining the effects of potential emergencies on communities.

· Communities, hazards, and the environment interact with each other.

· A vulnerability assessment should be developed using a rational process.

· A planning group and community consultation are essential for the efficient development of an appropriate vulnerability assessment.

· Different people think of hazards, risk, and vulnerability in different ways, and this perception will affect their actions.

· A description of the effects of hazards and potential emergencies on communities must form the basis of emergency preparedness.