Theme: Disaster risk reduction
In terms of natural hazards and their impact, 2008 was one of the most devastating years. While hazards are largely unavoidable, especially with the growing threat of climate change, they only become disasters when communities’ coping mechanisms are exceeded and they are unable to manage their impacts.
The signs of our vulnerability to urban risk are everywhere. An earthquake can bring hospitals, schools and homes tumbling down with unspeakably tragic consequences.
This year, the World Disasters Report takes on a challenging theme that looks at different aspects of how culture affects disaster risk reduction (DRR) and how disasters and risk influence culture.
To date there has been little formal, empirical research that has been conducted on capacity building for disaster risk management (DRM). This research project was designed as an initial step towards filling that knowledge and evidence gap.
National Society preparedness for response refers to the measures and actions taken by a National Society to prepare for, respond to, recover from and reduce the effects of disasters and crises. The Disaster Preparedness policy of the International Fed …
The Red Cross Red Crescent has a long tradition of educating communities on disaster risks, increasing safety and resilience through campaigns, informal education, participatory learning and formal school-based interventions.
Working with communities to prepare for disasters and reduce their impact. Disaster preparedness refers to measures taken to prepare for and reduce the effects of disasters. That is, to predict and, where possible, prevent disasters, mitigate their imp …
Mozambique lies along the eastern side of southern Africa. Like its neighbours, the country experiences a complex mix of social trends and natural disasters that contribute to high levels of vulnerability that negatively impact its development.
When disasters strike, Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers are often among the first to provide relief to the victims. But in most cases, we can save more lives and reduce more suffering if we can act before a disaster.
Guatemalan Red Cross, with the support of Norwegian Red Cross, trained 476 people through the “Community Resilience Project” with the aim of increasing their resilience to disasters.