Building capability and capacity is an important mitigation strategy including developing skill and knowledge sets, and tangible resources.
Reducing disaster risks through prevention and mitigation measures is everybody’s business
Governments, non-government organisations, businesses, communities and individuals must undertake prevention and mitigation activities and strategies. Prevention measures seek to eliminate the impact of hazards and/or reduce susceptibility to them. Mitigation measures accept that the event will occur and seek to reduce the inevitable impact . Key points to consider:
- Prevention aims to decrease or remove the negative consequences of hazards.
- Mitigation seeks to minimise the impact and consequences of an emergency.
- Prevention and mitigation activities are a shared responsibility – everybody has a role in the community.
- Land owners’ decisions and actions are often key to reducing risks. They play key roles in prevention and mitigation actions for their own benefit, and for the broader safety of their communities.
- Hazard reduction activities and priorities should be informed by risk assessment. Risk is the product of likelihood and consequences of an event.
Introduction to Emergency Risk Management
In Tasmania, a broad prevention and mitigation strategy for emergency management addresses hazard research, risk assessment and risk reduction. This video outlines experiences from people within the emergency management sector in relation to aspects of emergency risk management in Tasmania.