Even with all our technology and the inventions that make modern life so much easier than it once was, it takes just one big natural disaster to wipe all that away and remind us that, here on Earth, we’re still at the mercy of nature.
—Neil deGrasse Tyson
There are many ways to look at risk. One way is to divide risk into natural, accidental events and man-made intentional acts of aggression. Both types of risk are important, but there is some insight to be gained in looking at them differently. This chapter explores risk arising from natural and accidental threats.