We think of natural and man-made disasters as emergencies out of control. Requiring a level of response and recovery greater than local communities can provide on their own.
From an organizational intervention perspective, there are four local emergency disaster management phases.
Our focus is on #2 and #3 above. Through the life-threatening – evacuation, search & rescue phases.
To prepare. To provide critical aid. To comfort.
Not to construct or rehabilitate. The mitigation/prevention and recovery phases are left to others.