Disaster Risk Reduction refers to the actions we take to prepare for, recover from and mitigate the impact of a natural hazard such as a cyclone or an earthquake. Every year, natural hazards impact human settlements, cause the loss of thousands of lives and damage infrastructure and national economies.
When natural hazards impact communities this way, and when those communities lack the resilience to recover on their own, it becomes a disaster. Unfortunately, disasters discriminate, often impacting the most vulnerable groups in society the hardest.
Natural hazards are inevitable, but they don’t have to be disasters. Planning for and recovering from disasters opens up a window of opportunity for positive social change.
Disaster Risk Reduction is also important for empowering vulnerable social groups via capacity building, reducing dependence. It acts like insurance – whatever we do now to strengthen and prepare for future disasters helps us manage those disasters so much better and reduces the social, emotional and economic impact of those disasters.
That’s why your support is more important than ever. In some cases it can literally save lives. Thank you for support and making a real difference.
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