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1. Titles and organizational affiliations throughout this report are updated to August 1, 1994, where possible.

2. A resolution proclaiming 1990-2000 the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations at its 42nd session.

3. The importance of training, education, and information dissemination was highlighted in a "Sense of the Group" paper resulting from an informal meeting of international hazard mitigation experts and United Nations system officials, held at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in Washington on March 22-24, 1988.

4. Instances of successful disaster mitigation and the potential for still further progress are cited in the National Academy of Sciences publication Confronting Natural Disasters: An International Decade for Natural Hazard Reduction (Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 1987).