Today is the International Day for Disaster Reduction. Read more about the United Nations plans to mark this day on their website.
One of the key things this blog posts about is 'Disaster Risk Reduction' - reducing vulnerabiity and building resilence to natural hazards in order to reduce the risk of a major disaster. Reducing vulnerability comes through a range of things - including education, decreasing poverty, building good governance, effective town planning and many other things. One key area geologists work to reduce vulnerability is through increasing our knowledge and understanding of geohazards - how they work and when they occur, and when they have occurred historically what was the intensity of the event. GfGD has written many posts about different aspects of disaster risk reduction - have a look through our archives to read more.