OPINION

The great threat

Just about all scientists agree – and are also issuing sternly phrased warnings – that mankind is bound to face big natural disasters in the immediate future.

This risk must define the priorities of all state agencies – not just of civil protection but also local administration. 

We know the areas which are most vulnerable. We understand the risk facing suburban residential areas that are next to forestland. 

We need to hammer out a fresh plan for defending lives and properties.