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[Editorial] The next era of disaster risk reduction

We live on a volatile planet. In May alone, Nepal has been struck by two earthquakes, tornadoes have ripped through southern America, and Typhoon Noul has lashed at the northeast of the Philippines. Natural disasters will always occur, but the extent of the devastation they cause can be reduced through better preparedness. The USA, for example, runs a national Hurricane Preparedness Week, for citizens to plan, which this year falls on May 24–30.