Disaster FAQs:

Q: Is disaster a serious disruption?

A: Yes, and occurring over a relatively short time, of the functioning of a community or a society involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental loss and impacts, which exceeds the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources.

Q: Is disaster derived from Middle French désastre and that from Old Italian disastro, which in turn comes from the Ancient Greek pejorative prefix δυσ-, "bad" and ἀστήρ , "star"?

A: Yes, The root of the word disaster comes from an astrological sense of a calamity blamed on the position of planets.

Q: Are disasters examples of specific cases where man-made hazards have become reality in an event?

A: Yes.

Q: Are disasters hence the result of human failure to introduce appropriate disaster management measures?

A: Yes.

Q: Is disaster a natural process or phenomenon that may cause loss of life?

A: Yes, and injury or other health impacts, property damage, loss of livelihoods and services, social and economic disruption, or environmental damage.

Q: Are disasters seen as the consequence of inappropriately managed risk?

A: Yes.

Q: Are disasters the consequence of technological hazards?

A: Yes.