chapter  5
— Preparedness
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At the most general level, enhanced response capacity refers to the ability of social units to accurately assess a hazard, realistically anticipate likely problems in the event of an actual disaster, and appropriately take precautionary measures to reduce impacts and ensure an efficient and effective response. We will discuss specific types of preparedness activities in the next section, but for now the general point is that we can dramatically improve our ability to respond to disasters by taking appropriate actions before they ever strike.