≪Organizer Abstract≫
The Asian societies are most vulnerable to natural disasters and experience inordinate losses of life, property, infrastructure, and subjective resources. The settlements in unsafe places, lack of early warning systems, and the inadequate preparedness of the government and communities expose the people to the adverse effects of a disaster. Against this backdrop, the goal of the symposium is to address the disaster management issues in Asian vis-à-vis other societies, from the postdisaster trauma to the predisaster preparedness. First, it covers the survivors' postdisaster trauma and their risk and protective factors. Second, it deliberates on psychosocial care, rehabilitation, and reconstruction of livelihood. Third, it includes disaster preparedness, resilience building, and nonstructural mitigation measures. It provides research evidence and includes intervention strategies to minimize the adverse consequences of a disaster.
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