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Disasters: North America

Natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tornadoes, hurricanes, ice storms, droughts, dust storms and other extreme events threaten different parts of North America. Floods and forest fires are also priority concerns. North American governments have put in place many response mechanisms to prevent and alleviate the harm caused by such factors. Despite strong regulations governing the handling of hazardous material, occasionally serious accidents occur, prompting further preventive legislation.