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What ex­actly makes a ter­ri­ble event a dis­as­ter? There’s no sim­ple answer to that ques­tion. For this is­sue, we’ve in­cluded things like mine and bridge col­lapses, but left out air­plane or train crashes. And of course, we spent a whole is­sue ( Kayak#40 ) a few years ago talk­ing about ship­wrecks.

Our cover shows the Van­cou­ver fire of 1886, but it also shows the good and bad of dis­as­ters. Of course it’s aw­ful that peo­ple are killed and homes de­stroyed. At the same time, it’s pretty won­der­ful to know that oth­ers are al­ways ready to help.

Through­out our past, when­ever there was a dis­as­ter, peo­ple quickly do­nated food, tents, cloth­ing and money to help. As you read about loss and de­struc­tion, re­mem­ber those who rush to help by treat­ing wounds, clear­ing rub­ble, mak­ing food, call­ing for aid and much more. If you know of a spe­cial per­son who helps oth­ers in times of need, tell us about them at kayak­ !

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