Danger (as part of the flood risk assessment)

Definition

Danger has two meanings:

  • On the one hand danger describes the exposure to potentially harm (“Gefährdung”). Danger is "a condition (or agent) with the potential to cause an adverse effect" [*1]. Floods are conditions with the potential to cause damage and loss. Knowing this destructive potential and understanding the possible impact is a central condition for flood preparedness.
  • On the other hand danger is used as a synonym for an imminent Hazard, threatening objects or individuals of a community. In this sense the term refers to the potentially damaging event that may harm individuals or cause material losses or damages to the environment. In case of an extreme event we are talking about a Disaster (= catastrophe). A disaster is a sudden and unexpected event which disrupt the functioning of a community or a society and causes widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses. Assistance from outside may be needed as the ability of the affected community or society to cope with may be exceeded.

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Flood Risk Management
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TUHH

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*1 FLOWS project

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