Big picture views : hazards, vulnerabilities and capacities. Introduction -- Framing disaster : theories and stories seeking to understand hazards, vulnerability and risk / Ben Wisner, J.C. Gaillard and Ilan Kelman -- Historical concepts of disasters and risk / Greg Bankoff -- Politics : power and disasters / Adolfo Mascarenhas and Ben Wisner -- Human rights and disaster / Jean Connolly Carmalt and Claudine Haenni Dale -- Violent conflict, natural hazards and disaster / Ben Wisner -- Culture, hazard and disaster / Kenneth Hewitt -- Knowledge and disaster risk reduction / Jessica Mercer -- Religious interpretations of disaster / David Chester, Angus M. Duncan and Heather Sangster -- Hazards and disasters represented in film / Gregory Berger and Ben Wisner -- Hazards and disasters represented in music / Bob Alexander -- Hazards, risk and urbanisation / Mark Pelling -- Disaster risk and sustainable development / Christopher M. Bacon. Fine-grained views : hazards, vulnerabilities and capacities. Introduction -- Data sources on hazards / Julio Serje -- Tools for identifying hazards / Keiko Saito [and others] -- Hazard, risk and climate change / David Simon -- Coastal storm / Sebastiaan N. Jonkman, Herman Gerritsen and Marcel Marchand -- Thunderstorm and tornado / David Etkin, Kaz Higuchi and George Platsis -- Flood / Hanna Schmuck -- Drought / Thomas A. Smucker -- Extreme heat and cold / Sabrina McCormick -- Wildfire / Roger Underwood and Alexander Held -- Landslide and other mass movements / Danang Sri Hadmoko and Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro -- Earthquake / Cinna Lomnitz and Ben Wisner -- Tsunami / Brian G. McAdoo -- Volcanic eruption / Susanna Jenkins and Katharine Haynes -- Soil erosion and contamination / Salvatore Engel-Di Mauro -- Human epidemic / Chris Dibben -- Livestock epidemic / Delia Grace and John McDermott -- Plant disease, pests and erosion of biodiversity / Pascal O. Girot -- Hazards from space / Bill McGuire -- Disability and disaster / David Alexander, J.C. Gaillard and Ben Wisner -- Gender, sexuality and disaster / Maureen Fordham -- Children, youth and disaster / Agnes A. Babugura -- Elderly people and disaster / Ehren B. Ngo -- Caste, ethnicity, religious affiliation and disaster / J.C. Gaillard. Preparedness and response. Introduction -- Early warning principles and systems / Juan Carlos Villagran de Leon -- Preparedness, warning and evacuation / Philip Buckle -- Emergency management principles / Alejandro Lopez-Carresi -- From damage and needs assessments to relief / Claude de Ville de Goyet -- Health and disaster / Mark Keim and Jonathan Abrahams -- Food security and disaster / Ian Christoplos -- Settlement and shelter reconstruction / Manu Gupta -- Psycho-social recovery / Tamman Aloudat and Lene Christensen -- Socio-economic recovery / Rohit Jigasu. Planning, prevention and mitigation. Introduction -- International planning systems for disaster / Margaret Arnold -- National planning and disaster / Allan Lavell [and others] -- Local government and disaster / Geoff O'Brien [and others] -- Urban and regional planning and disaster / Cassidy Johnson -- Financial mechanisms for disaster risk / Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer -- Economic development policy and disaster risk / Charlotte Brown -- Protection of infrastructure / Ana Maria Cruz -- Social protection and disaster / Walter Gillis Peacock and Carla Prater -- Livelihood protection and support for disaster / David Sanderson -- Community action and disaster / Zenaida Delica-Willison and J.C. Gaillard -- Civil society and disaster / Martha Thompson -- University research's role in reducing disaster risk / Dorothea Hilhorst and Annelies Heijmans -- Education and disaster / Emmanuel M. Luna -- Media, communication and disasters / Tim Radford and Ben Wisner -- Participatory action research and disaster risk / Michael K. McCall and Graciela Peters-Guarin -- Conclusions. Challenging risk : has the left foot stepped forward? / The editors.