Posted by: Morgan Hubbard | October 4, 2010

But then what?

Mir, I’ll play devil’s advocate.

I buy that lay terminology for hazards and disasters confuses those two words. And it seems like you’re right to point out that there’s a distinction, because there are policy implications: we can require hazard mitigation planning in the event that natural hazards become disasters.

But so what? If everyone gets this distinction, what will change? Is this one of those cases where language influences policy?

-morgan

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