Earthquake Vulnerability and Emergency Preparedness Among Businesses in Memphis/Shelby County, Tennessee
Tierney, Kathleen J.
Dahlhamer, James M.
Disaster Research Center
To be effective, earthquake loss reduction policies must be based on an understanding of the range of impacts earthquakes produce. These impacts include not only deaths, injuries, and direct physical damage to the built environment, but also indirect impacts, including losses resulting from the economic disruption earthquakes engender. To anticipate and mitigate negative economic consequences resulting from earthquakes, it is important to understand how earthquakes affect both overall economic activity and different sectors of the economy. One approach to estimating such impacts is to obtain data on how earthquakes are likely to affect business operations.
earthquake vulnerability , emergency preparedness , business