Corrective disaster risk management

Corrective disaster risk management activities address and seek to remove or reduce disaster risks, that are already present, and which need to be managed and reduced now. Examples are the retrofitting of critical infrastructure or the relocation of exposed populations or assets.


1. This is achieved through intervening in hazard exposure and vulnerability contexts seeking to eliminate, mitigate or reduce existing risk factors, thus promoting the safety and security of affected populations, businesses, infrastructure, livelihoods and others.

2. See also "Disaster risk", “Prospective disaster risk management” and “Retrofitting”.



UNDRR Sendai Framework Terminology on Disaster Risk Reduction (2023)



DPWH-led Philippines Seismic Risk Reduction and Resilience Project, Philippines

The metropolitan city of Manila, Philippines, is highly exposed to earthquake hazards, which combined with the vulnerability of buildings and infrastructure leads to a very high risk of loss of life, direct damage and economic losses. For example, in a scenario of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake along the West Valley Fault could result in about 48,000 fatalities and US$48 billion in economic losses.

The World Bank-funded Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) project, is aimed at enhan­cing the safety and seismic resilience of selected public buildings in Manila as well as the agency’s capacity to prepare for and respond to emergencies.

This project will improve public facilities’ resilience for multi-hazards, by retrofitting about 425 priority buildings, including schools and health centers in accordance with the most up-to-date seismic and wind loading provisions of the National Structural Code of the Philippines (NSCP), 2015. Along with reducing building damage and potential casualties, additional benefit of the scaled-up retrofitting activities is the provision of higher-skilled, labour-intensive jobs in the short to medium term, thereby broadening the capacity for retrofitting in the national construction industry.


Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer (2020). Retrofitting to make PH buildings resilient to earthquakes. Retrieved on 27 March 2023.