The Need for a National Strategy to Assess and Reduce Disaster-Related Mortality in the United States
Disasters are becoming more frequent. The US is experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of natural disasters, many involving a catastrophic number of related deaths. Despite billions of dollars being spent on the development of national, state and local interventions, there has been no significant change in the rate of disaster-related mortality among US populations over the past 50 years. As such, we evaluate strategies for reducing disaster-related mortality in the US in comparison to that associated with motor vehicle crashes. In doing so, a multi-faceted strategy is proposed for reduction of disaster-related mortality, based upon a sustained record of effectiveness involving transportation-related incidents.