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Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Online from: 1992

Subject Area: Environmental Management/Environment

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Opportunities for improving disaster management in Chile: a case study


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Title:Opportunities for improving disaster management in Chile: a case study
Author(s):Paulina Aldunce, (Departament of Enviromental Science and Natural Resources, College of Agriculture, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile), Alejandro León, (Departament of Enviromental Science and Natural Resources, College of Agriculture, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile)
Citation:Paulina Aldunce, Alejandro León, (2007) "Opportunities for improving disaster management in Chile: a case study", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 16 Iss: 1, pp.33 - 41
Keywords:Chile, Disasters, Emergency measures, Integration, Rainful
Article type:Case study
DOI:10.1108/09653560710729794 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

Purpose – This paper seeks to propose measures to improve management of rainfall-related disasters in Chile.

Design/methodology/approach – This research was carried out as a case study in the semi-arid region of Chile where above-normal rainy events occur once or twice during some rainy seasons. Measures to improve management are suggested based on theory, field data, and community participation. The method was based on a review of both the scientific literature and the local media; and a semi-structured survey that was applied to local parties, including the population affected by past disasters. Also, some participatory activities (i.e. workshops) were organized in order to include the community opinions.

Findings – Results show that there have been significant advances during the last decade in Chile regarding disaster management. Yet, improvements need to be done at the local level in order to achieve a holistic, proactive and integrative management, including community participation and sharing responsibilities. A key element is increased coordination and cooperation.

Practical implications – Benefit the communities and public agencies associated with disaster management, through practical recommendations based on theoretical issues and findings derived from fieldwork.

Originality/value – This is one of the very few scientific research efforts done in Chile based on a case study that includes social aspects (e.g. community participation, social vulnerability) and disaster management.



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