FEMA Digital Communications Specialist Reservist. FEMA & DHS Certified Course Instructor for NDPTC "Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery" (PER-304). Advocate for #SMEM (Social Media in Emergency Management) and #VOST (Virtual Operations Support Team) Initiatives. Member of VOST Leadership Coalition, IAEM Emerging Technology Caucus, the DHS Virtual Social Media Working Group and the National VOAD Social Media Task Force. Disaster planning and mitigation consultant and plan writer. Specialty: 25 years of experience in earthquake damage mitigation for museums, galleries, archives, private collectors and cultural institutions.
A somewhat more contemporary definition from Wikipedia:A disaster is the tragedy of a natural or man-made hazard (a hazard is a situation which poses a level of threat to life, health, property, or environment) that negatively affects society or environment. In contemporary academia, disasters are seen as the consequence of inappropriately managed risk. These risks are the product of hazards and vulnerability.