Even though we never know when, or even where, the next natural disaster will strike, it is important to prepare for the worst. Since disasters can potentially undo years of community development progress, we strive to ensure communities are as prepared and resilient as possible.
Preparing for response
Disaster resiliency means communities are prepared to handle the effects of a potential disaster. Through several of our community program activities, such as Care Groups and Village Savings and Loan groups, social networks are established and strengthened among community members. These improved relationships and increased focus on collaboration equip neighbors to deal with adversity and work together towards recovery after a disaster.
Through these groups, disaster response plans can be established and preventative measures can be taken. These efforts can include installing levees, creating local response committees, and advertising techniques through radio casts and newspaper articles.
Responding to need
Soon after a disaster strikes, our main response is to provide communities with essentials to ensure food security, safety, and health. Essentials include drinking water, hygiene kits, and tarps, as well as food. Disasters might destroy crops that families rely on for food and income, and to combat this potential issue, we provide staple foods for households in the short-term.
In some cases, we expand our school meals program after a disaster, through partnership and local government support, to keep more children in school directly following a disaster. It is best to maintain consistency in a child’s schedule, rather than allow an adverse event such as a natural disaster to negatively affect their development and learning.
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