Title: Hazardous Materials Releases and Natural Disasters: Are Natech Disasters Being Considered?
Authors: CRUZ NARANJO ANA-MARIA
Citation: Emergency Management Canada vol. Fall p. 28-31
Publisher: Canadian Center for Emergency Preparedness
Publication Year: 2006
JRC N°: JRC34901
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC34901
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Many countries have adopted regulations for prevention of hazardous materials (haz-mat) releases during normal day-to-day plant operations. However, there is evidence that existing regulations may not be sufficient if the particular conditions associated with haz-mat releases triggered by natural disasters, also known as “natechs,” have not been factored in. This article provides an overview of natech disasters, their characteristics, and the problems associated with natech risk management, as well as some recommendations on strategies for natech disaster risk reduction and points out future challenges.
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