Pandemics – New TopicJune 28, 2021«Currently we are facing one of the most important health issues that the world has ever experienced with the ongoing so-called “novel coronavirus disease” or COVID-19 pandemics…..the direct health impacts of pandemics can be catastrophic, in terms of public health but also of economic and social wellbeing and have a significant psychological impact». In collaboration […]
Virtual Award Ceremony 2021June 28, 2021The BeSafeNet 2021 Olympiad Award Ceremony was held via videoconference on Wednesday 26 May. The top three teams were Terra Blue, “Gheorghe Lazar” National College, Bucharest, Romania (1st), High School Mate Blažine, Labin, Croatia (2nd) and Detectives of Hazards, Liceul Regina Maria, Dorohoi, Romania (3rd). The participants included the BeSafeNet Project team and members of […]
Heatwaves and thunder storms – a deadly combinationJune 25, 2021Human loss of life has followed June (2021) thunderstorms in parts of western Europe that followed seasonally early heatwaves. France experienced severe thunderstorms (with 137km/hr winds) resulting in considerable wind / flooding-related damage. Several people lost their life from drowning after seeking an aquatic refuge from the heat. By 22nd June 2021, press sources had […]
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BeSafeNet is a tool for promoting risk culture among populations.
It receives support from the European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement of the Council of Europe.
Natural and technological disasters cause great human and economic losses. We cannot prevent many of them but there is a way to minimise the risk of disaster by sharing internationally valid and reliable information on the nature, causes and consequences of natural and technological disasters. A wide distribution of such information will help people better understand the potential risks and consequently better protect themselves against disasters.
Natural hazards are usually classiﬁed based on their causes and are thus subdivided into:
- Geological hazards are caused by earth processes either internal (volcanic eruptions and earthquakes) or external (landslides). Tsunamis are included among them as they are triggered by undersea earthquakes and other geological events.
- Hydro-Meteorological hazards are most often weather-related phenomena (such as ﬂoods, droughts/desertiﬁcation, landscape fires, avalanches, hurricanes/storm surges and sea level rise).
Accidents such as Bhopal in 1984, Chernobyl in 1986, Toulouse in 2001 or Fukushima in 2011 demonstrate the high risk of hazardous materials being released into the environment and the adverse effects on a large number of people in the immediate and wider environs.
Such chemical or radiological disasters, as well as dam failures, mainly result from human activity and consequently, their occurrence seems more foreseeable than natural catastrophes.