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Risks, Regulations and Management of Natural Disasters
Brooke McGuire
Park University
GO125 Natural Disasters
Carla Contes

Risks, Regulations and Management of Natural Disasters
There are many risks involved in any natural disaster and the regulation and management of these disasters needs to be simplified and standardized. This essay will summarize two articles that pertain to natural disasters and the improvement of responses and policies surrounded them and the chaos and devastation they cause. The articles analyzed will be Risk and regulation: can improved government action reduce the impacts of natural disasters by Robin Spence and Flood risk management in the United States and the impact of Hurricane Katrina by Gerald E. Galloway. These article explain the devastation natural disasters can cause and the regulations needed to prepare for such disastrous events. Spence says, “three types of regulations are considered: (1) regulations for constructing new buildings and code enforcement; (2) regulations for intervening in/upgrading the existing building stock; and (3) regulation of the insurance industry” (2004). These are things that Spence suggests should be brought to the attention of the federal and local governments in order to move towards a better solution for natural disasters. Galloway says, “disastrous multi-state floods in 1993, 1997 and 2006 (Hurricane Katrina) brought new attention to what activity should take place in riverine and coastal floodplains and to differences between the floodplain management and flood risk management approaches” (2008). Hurricane Katrina put into light the devastation that natural disasters cause without proper preparations. These articles make suggestions as to what to prepare for in future natural disasters.

Risk and Regulation
Spence says, “the risks from natural hazards are rapidly increasing” (2004). Natural disasters will continue happen and the more prepared we are for...
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