Types of Disasters

Definition of a disaster… any specific event which results in overwhelming physical, economic and/or emotional damage to a community. A disaster results in significant harm to people and property, disrupts normal pattern of living and may affect individuals, families, neighborhoods, communities, regions, etc…


Types of Disasters
Natural: storms, earthquakes or other natural phenomena
Technical: careless, accidental or intentional abuse of the environ ment
Economic: sudden loss of income due to shifts in local economy
Civil: riots or civil disturbances in a community
Accident: traffic accidents, fire or other tragic occurrences
Other: pandemics, terrorism, war


Specific Disaster – FACT / TIP SHEETS (PDF files)