Preparing for Cascading and Compounding Disaster


Join us for a captivating session to better understand and prepare for cascading disasters—which refers to the sequential occurrence of multiple disasters that intensify the overall impact and complicate response and recovery efforts—and compounding disasters—which involve the simultaneous convergence of multiple hazards or crises. 

Drawing on data and research, we will examine the increased likelihood of cascading and compounding disasters in the future, explore the trends and projections that highlight the growing frequency and complexity of these events, and gain insights into the implications for disaster preparedness and response efforts. To illustrate the real-world impact of cascading disasters, we will share compelling case studies that will provide valuable insights into the complexities and unique considerations involved in managing cascading and compounding disasters. Don't miss this opportunity to gain a better understanding of cascading disasters and equip yourself with the knowledge and tools necessary to prepare for and respond to these interconnected challenges.  To explore more resources on how to helping communities before and after disasters, visit

Learning objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the distinct challenges posed by cascading and compounding disasters, considering their complex and simultaneous nature. 
  • Analyze the trends and projections related to the increasing frequency and complexity of disaster events, and identify their implications for disaster preparedness and response efforts. 
  • Apply strategies and best practices to enhance community resilience and response capabilities as architects, by adopting integrated approaches that address the interconnected nature of different disaster scenarios. 
  • Utilize lessons learned from relevant case studies to inform their architectural practices and decision-making processes, incorporating insights and successful approaches for managing cascading and compounding disasters. 

This session was recorded live on September 14, 2023.

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