There's a common misconception that, whether we’re ordinary citizens or professional disaster-responders, we’re all helplessly at the mercy of unexpected, random disasters, both natural and man-made.
The truth is, it’s rare for disasters to be totally random -- and they’re almost never totally unexpected!
Organizations like World Vision and professionals who engage in disaster response are increasingly investing time and energy into what we call “early warning/early action.” The more we can predict when and where a disaster will strike, the more we can prepare for it. And the more we prepare for it, the less traumatic and devastating it will be when it actually happens.
There are a number of different tools we have available to assist in the prediction of disasters. Let’s talk about two main types here.