GEOG 2152F: Geography of Hazards
Reading #4 Review Questions
1. Why do people live in hazardous areas?
People live in hazardous areas including not having the
knowledge of a potential disaster, not having access to energy
elsewhere, not having a choice, and not having any worries about a
2. What role does inertia play in our exposure to hazards?
As out cities grew, they became entrenched and permanent. It
was easier to build defenses for natural events rather than moving.
Communities become established and there are major obstacles to
moving: traditions, property ownership and inconvenience.
3. What role does education play in our vulnerability to hazards?
Increased knowledge and education of hazards allows for more
effective planning and forecasting of hazards and allows for the
minimization of risk and damage.
4. If someone’s house situated on a floodplain is damaged or
destroyed in a flood, who is to blame? Why?
The homeowner i