Immediate and long-term responses to a tectonic hazard

Human response to tectonic hazards can be immediate or long-term. Short-term or immediate responses occur in the days and weeks immediately after a disaster has happened. Short-term responses mainly involve search and rescue and helping the injured.

Long-term responses are those that go on for months and years after a disaster. It involves constructing destroyed houses, schools, hospitals, etc. It also involves taking steps to boost the local economy.

Immediate responses to tectonic hazards

Immediate responses to tectonic hazards include:

  • Issuing warnings
  • Rescue teams searching for survivors
  • Providing treatment to injured people
  • Food, drink and shelter provided
  • Bodies recovered
  • Fires extinguished

Long-term responses to tectonic hazards

Long term responses to tectonic hazards include:

  • Rebuilding and repairing properties
  • Rebuilding and repairing transport infrastructure
  • Improving building regulations
  • Restoring utilities such as water, electric and gas
  • Resettling local people
  • Developing opportunities for the economy to recover
  • Install monitoring equipment
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