The factors which are common to all kinds of disaster involve: the risk (what is the likelihood of an occurrence); the consequences (what happens due to an occurrence) and mitigation (what measures are appropriate to minimise the effects of an occurrence). These have not previously been combined to produce a method of comparing one location with another, independent of the type of risk or type of development. The basic concepts of asset management can be adapted to provide a framework which would enable the various factors to be combined in an organized way. Asset management and disaster planning generally use a scale one to five to quantify aspects of their severity and both utilise inventories to store information on relevant aspects. In the electronic age it is possible to collate information on a global scale but little has been brought together in a coordinated format for the benefit of practitioners in the field of disaster management. A possible way forward is suggested which could be of benefit to all stakeholders by presenting a common format and a global database for the collection and dissemination of information.
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