Prof.Nilgun SARP
Ankara University
Faculty of Health Education
Department of Health Management


Major emergencies and disasters have occurred throughout history and, as the world’s population grows and resources become more limited because of disasters.  Emergencies and disasters do not affect only health and well-being; frequently, large numbers of people are displaced, killed or injured, or subjected to greater risk of epidemics.
For example ; up to 70,000 people died after earthquake in south asia.
Thousands of people died after Hurricanes and there are severe disasters in the world every year .

A disaster can be defined as any occurrence that causes damage, ecological disruption, loss of human life or deterioration of health and health services on a scale sufficient to warrant an extraordinary response from outside the affected community or area .

Disasters are causing greater harm to people, communities, and countries every decade, affecting current populations and existing infrastructure and threatening the future of sustainable development.

Families can-and do-cope with disaster by preparing in advance and working together as a team.

In this presentation, families roles in disasters will be discussed.