Disaster management has its roots in sociology. It is not the strength of the storm that makes the disaster, but the intersection of the storm with civilization, with people. Disaster medicine is about helping people prepare for, endure, and recover from severe events. Some people are at more risk than others and we can loosely define some especially vulnerable populations around socioeconomic status, gender, and abilities.
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Red Cross Emergency preparedness for indigenous communities (Resources for communities, children, and elders)