The conceptual basis of disaster management: Definitions and terminology
Place of Publication
School of Medical and Health Sciences
This chapter discusses the definition of disasters and, in particular, explores how disasters my be considered in a social construct. Disasters are a recurring feature of human life and the extent to which they can be identified and managed is contingent upon our collective understanding of the meaning and dimensions of the concept. So what is a disaster and what is disaster health? The aim of this chapter is to summarise the development and evolution of the definition of disaster along with other terms relevant to disaster management.