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Aurecon 360 Issue 3 Natural Disasters 2011

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Managing the aftermath 39 Disaster Risk Assessment for Cape Town Cape Town is the commercial and industrial hub of South Africa's Western Cape, and a highly rated tourism and business destination. However, as with any urban area, it faces various disaster risks which if neglected, have the potential to cause damage to property, the environment and livelihoods. Above and below Cape Town faces various disaster risks, including the risk of fires. Aurecon, in consultation with DMS Consulting, was recently appointed to conduct a Comprehensive Disaster Risk Assessment for the City of Cape Town's metropolitan area. The Municipality wanted its planning to reflect accurate knowledge of all forms of disaster risk and, to achieve this, two parallel methodologies were used to conduct the initial assessments. This approach, a first of its kind for South Africa, involved City-wide scientific-assessment of conventional, 'textbook' risks, as well as communitybased assessments which focused on determining 'perceived' risks. When compared and contrasted, these parallel streams of findings confirmed that disaster risk assessment is a continuous process of building our understanding of risk reduction. The outcomes of Aurecon's assessment will ensure that the Municipality's developmental initiatives and contingency planning is based on accurate information enabling all stakeholders to contribute, minimising disaster risk within the City. …disaster risk assessment is a continuous process of building our understanding of risk reduction. Aurecon response to natural disasters

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