Natural Disaster Recovery Stories UN Discussion

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Disasters take place around the globe on a regular basis creating challenges for various stakeholders responsible for managing the aftermath of such disasters. Large-scale disasters bring about many challenges regarding human rights, research, ethics, and social policies.

Search the web for recent natural disaster recovery stories (i.e., hurricanes, tornadoes, and tsunamis). Review the article from your search and then write a report on how different businesses, in different industries, handled the disaster and the associated recovery steps. Then, answer the following questions:

  • What were the gaps in their recovery plans?
  • If the gap(s) is not known or published, provide your own thoughts on their disaster recovery gap(s) that you see.

Please note, you have an option of selecting one business from one industry or a few businesses from different industries.

Your paper should be 3-5

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Natural Disasters
Challenges Caused By Disasters
The UN has described a natural disaster as an event that is triggered by natural hazards,
therefore, making it hard for the human response capacity to handle it. The aftermath of a natural
disaster is that it causes slower social and economic development of a certain area that is
affected. This implies that, for instance, if an earthquake occurs on an island that is not inhabited,
then this cannot be regarded as a natural disaster since no one is harmed. Conversely, if floods
occurred in an area and there was adequate preparation for the same, then this could not be
termed as a natural disaster (Ferris, 2008).
Natural disasters such as the hurricanes can cause significant destruction to property and
to the lives of people. A hurricane can be described as a huge storm that occurs mostly in the
North Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans. These storms are so powerful such that they can cause
destruction to big cities and towns. When disasters occur, they shatter the lives of many people
and leave the key stakeholders who are responsible for managing the same with a lot of
responses. Disasters such as the earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and the floods are known to
occur in a speedy manner when compared to slow-occurring disasters such as the drought.
The UN in its work in dealing with disaster management has come across the various
economic losses that are suffered once a disaster has occurred. The effects of a disaster are felt
more in those countries that are poor when compared to rich countries. According to Guha-Sapir,
Vos, Below and Ponserre (2011), this can be depicted through the earthquake that occurred in
Haiti in 2010 and ended up killing 140,000 people whereas an earthquake that occurred in Chile



the same year ended up killing only 400 people. The latter ended up having a trivial negative
consequence on the national economy (UN Chronicle, n.d).
The poor lose their economic assets upon the occurrence of natural disasters. The farms
on which they cultivate are destroyed therefore, most people are left only to die. Families of
those affected cannot afford proper diets for their children and also good education. These are
some of the challenges that the UN faces when dealing with the cases of natural disasters among
others highlighted below (UN Chronicle, n.d).
Recovery from a Disaster
Once a disaster has occurred, the speed on how to save people is important. When this
process is slow, many families end up suffering the economic pain due to loss of propert. The
study on the Cyclone Nargis showed that more than half of those casualties that survived had not
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