U.S. Participation in the Relief of International Disasters: Issues for a Proposed Task Force.

by William R. Harris


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In FY 1965 through FY 1970 the United States government participated in relief of 302 foreign disasters, an average of 50 per annum, in an average of 38 countries. The author, who has a background in international law, poses questions and suggestions with respect to the organization and coordination of U.S. disaster relief efforts. Issues discussed include the use of military technology in the estimation of damage and also in the identification of damage in the case of "creeping disasters" such as drought, and the application of technological advances in housing construction. He discusses organizational alternatives, resource management, cost-sharing, and disaster insurance pooling. 18 pp.

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