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In recent decades natural, technological and other disasters have been increasing in frequency and magnitude, and the involvement of international organizations and professionals from different disciplines has witnessed a parallel growth. Communication among these people and an understanding of the varying terminology of the many professions and activities are paramount. It is to this end that this multidisciplinary multilingual dictionary serves as an tool for the disaster manager. A pioneer in disaster medicine, Dr William Gunn has conducted numerous emergency missions for the United Nations and other agencies, and this dictionary has been tested in the field and in training courses over many years. Thus, more than mere definitions, the twelve hundred entries clearly defined here in fact establish the standard vocabulary of disaster management in key languages and will be of great help to all those involved in emergency humanitarian endeavours. The UN General Assembly has declared the 1990s as the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction and this book is a contribution to that initiative and to the tasks of all those who strive to lighten the burden of disasters.