Catastrophe Readiness and Response: A New Course Almost Ready for Final Release. Rick Bissell, PhD. Catastrophes. CNN Report: Climate Change “Catastrophic” 1 300,000 excess deaths/year now due to climate change
Rick Bissell, PhD
CNN Report: Climate Change “Catastrophic”1
300,000 excess deaths/year now due to climate change
300 million vulnerable to climate change in 2009. This number is set to double by 2030.2
2. Global Humanitarian Forum: Human Impact Report: Climate Change -- The Anatomy of a Silent Crisis
Scenario-based intensive planning for geographic regions, with traditional “top-down” plans and exercises.
Scenario-based intensive planning for geographic regions with “bottom-up” plans and exercises.
EMI course on catastrophe readiness and response.
Mass migration from newly uninhabitable lands becomes a catastrophe in itself.
So. Pacific island countries, heavily populated lowland countries (Bangladesh, Netherlands, etc) and cities (NYC?, NOLA? Miami?)
Desertification in Asia, Africa, Latin America and North America
Networked and articulated electrical power systems
Networked and vulnerable information systems
Networked and articulated supplies delivery and management systems
See work of Lagadec, et al
Potable and irrigation water
Competition for scarce resources
Changing world order
Increasingly lethal weapons, with wider distribution
Rise of terrorism
Loss of arable land and useable water leads to increased food shortage
Increased desperation leads to mass migration, violence, or both
Increased intensity of storms presents many direct dangers, but also can contribute to loss of arable land, useable water and food.
Mitigation: many worldwide attempts to mitigate climate change and its effects
Many European and Asian countries preparing for direct effects.
Some intercontinental preparedness activities (Lagadec, et al)
FEMA, three approaches