Title: Developing a disaster risk management index for Latin American countries

Authors: Claudio Garuti; Carmen Paz Castro; Juan Pablo Sarmiento

Addresses: Fulcrum Engineering, Decision Making Engineering, Santiago, Chile ' Department of Geography, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile ' Extreme Events Institute, Florida International University, Miami, USA

Abstract: This work aims to create a risk disaster management index to measure how government institutions are dealing with disasters beyond legal and normative regulations advancing toward enforcement and implementation. With the complexity of the disaster risk management concept and its scope in mind, the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) methodology was used to create a comprehensive index capable of measuring disaster risk management at national and subnational levels. The index was checked for six Latin-American countries: Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile, obtaining representative results.

Keywords: risk; disaster management; analytic hierarchy process; AHP; disaster risk management index; DRMI.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBSR.2018.088488

International Journal of Business and Systems Research, 2018 Vol.12 No.1, pp.106 - 120

Received: 16 Mar 2016
Accepted: 12 Jul 2016

Published online: 11 Dec 2017 *

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