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Risks arise from both the hazards and the vulnerabilities that are present. Risk assessment provides essential information to set priorities for mitigation and prevention strategies and designing early warning systems. Being knowledgeable about and understanding the risk helps to prioritize early warning system needs and to guide preparations for response and disaster prevention activities. Risk assessment could be based on historical experience and human, social, economic, and environmental vulnerabilities.



Risk assessment provides essential information to set priorities for mitigation and prevention strategies and designing early warning systems. Risks arise from the combination of hazards and vulnerabilities at a particular location. Assessments of risk require systematic collection and analysis of data and should consider the dynamic nature of hazards and vulnerabilities that arise from processes such as urbanization, rural land-use change, environmental degradation and climate change. Risk assessments and maps help to motivate people, prioritize early warning system needs and guide preparations for disaster prevention and responses.

 
Community Participatory Mapping with INTEGEMS Staff [Photo Credit: INTEGEMS]


Community Participatory Mapping with INTEGEMS Staff [Photo Credit: INTEGEMS]

       
Susan’s Bay disaster prone area in Freetown
                 
 
One of the slum areas at Kingtom, Freetown, Sierra Leone 

                                                                                                                           

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