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A Safer Future
In recognition of the rising dangers and costs
associated with natural disasters around the world, the
United Nations declared the 1990s the International
Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. At the close of the
decade, NSF could look back on fifty years of sponsored
programs whose aims have beenand continue to
beto better understand and prepare for the kinds of
extreme natural events that can prove disastrous for human
communities. While we can never be absolutely safe, its
human inhabitants can at least rest easier in the knowledge
that nature's violence holds less sway in an age where
scientists and engineers are working so closely together
to mitigate what cannot be controlled.