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The primary goals of this brief are to invoke alertness and solidarity among the public in earthquake prone areas of India, and to empower the community to prepare themselves to face and manage the aftermath of an earthquake. The work presented here sheds new light on the action plans to be taken by the common public and public agencies, before, during and after earthquakes to safeguard lives of people and minimize loss of assets.
This carefully presented book articulates various factors related to earthquake preparedness, and develops guidelines and useful tips for communicating them to relevant stakeholders. The book has been divided into three parts: (i) the first providing background which explains earthquakes in general and seismicity of India (ii) the second explores earthquake preparedness intended for individuals, families and various stakeholders, and (iii) the final section which describes various strategies for communities to prepare themselves for a future earthquake.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Earthquakes: The Indian Context

Abstract
Nature has its own ways of expressing itself and natural phenomena have always been a wonder to mankind. Many natural processes are looked upon as natural disasters mainly because human beings have not been able to respond to them appropriately. Earthquake is one such disaster that has affected the mankind the most. Due to lack of knowledge and unsafe construction practices, earthquakes still cause widespread destruction leading to loss of lives and property. Earthquake can cause multi-level hazards resulting from ground motion, ground shaking, site effects, ground displacement, fire, floods, liquefaction, landslide and tsunami. When an earthquake hits, urban centres and cities experience more loss mostly because of high population density, improper planning, poor land use, substandard construction practices and quality of construction material.
T. G. Sitharam, Sreevalsa Kolathayar

Chapter 2. Do’s and Don’ts Before, During and After an Earthquake

Abstract
Someday, an earthquake may strike the place you live in. Scientists cannot tell you when this will happen, whether it will be next year or during your grandchildren’s lifetime. When that day comes, your community must be ready to face it. Seismic safety must not only be integrated into construction practices, but preparedness, emergency response, recovery, and long-term risk reduction efforts as well. It is a well-known fact that it is poorly planned infrastructures which cause disaster during an earthquake, not earthquakes as such. Identifying potential hazards in advance and appropriate planning can reduce the dangers of serious injury or loss of life from an earthquake.
T. G. Sitharam, Sreevalsa Kolathayar

Chapter 3. Resilient Community for Earthquake Preparedness

Abstract
Earthquake preparedness is not a part of the public consciousness even in the vulnerable regions of India. There are many things that individuals and communities residing in seismically active regions can do that will reduce the havoc and loss during a quake. These steps can be a complementary measure, alongside other activities that focus on the overall development of the community; with a team spirit. Usually the aftermaths of a disaster bring solidarity among the members of the community. There is a need to bring this spirit of togetherness and solidarity well before a disaster so that a community can be prepared well to face the disaster and thus reduce the loss of life and properties.
T. G. Sitharam, Sreevalsa Kolathayar

Chapter 4. Earthquake Readiness Index Tool for India

Abstract
This chapter presents the development of a survey based tool specific to India, to assess the earthquake preparedness level of individual, families and communities residing in earthquake prone regions.
T. G. Sitharam, Sreevalsa Kolathayar

Backmatter

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