Conclusions prepared by AI of the 2011 CAETS Convocation on Engineering Analysis and Management to Reduce Risks

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Risk prevention has much less allure than after-the-fact actions, which are more visible and dramatic. There are no recognitions for those who work on reducing the probability or the impact of risk events, while there is many times more applause for heroic efforts to contain damages or rebuild what was destroyed.

Many risks prevention and mitigation actions fall in the decision making realm of politicians, who naturally aim for public presence and recognition, and thus find little attraction to the limelight of such decisions and actions. As a result, in many cases risk events cause much more damage than otherwise, if proper and timely preventive actions had been taken. However, these cases are not always publicly recognized as a lack of planning, and even in cases when they are, public pressure for remediation is more often than not outlived by the period of uneventfulness between catastrophic events of similar nature.