The cost of natural disasters is high, but lives can be saved before they ever occur. As climate change and increasingly erratic weather patterns increase the risks of devastating storms, droughts and floods, we are helping communities identify, assess and reduce their risks. Creating response plans and resilient strategies now can help better protect people tomorrow.
All stories about Disaster preparedness
Indonesia: Tapping the elders for a disaster preparedness team January 27, 2011
I travelled three hours from my home base in Padang, Indonesia to the city of Solok to check out the facilitator training for the Disaster Preparedness Teams (DPTs) held by Mercy Corps' PREPARE SumBar and our local partner, Jemari Sakato.
Colombia: One emergency after another in Colombia December 9, 2010
In November, the Mayor's Office of Barranquilla requested Mercy Corps' support with a humanitarian response to the neighborhood of El Bosque that was affected by a landslide that brought down more than 300 households.
Indonesia: Preparation is empowerment December 3, 2010
There was an earthquake on Wednesday afternoon here in Indonesia's tsunami-stricken Mentawai Islands. I’m not sure how big it was, but I was writing a report when all of a sudden the table started shaking.
Colombia: Rising from the rubble in Barranquilla November 20, 2010
When I first visited the neighborhood of El Bosque in Barranquilla, the landslide had affected nearly 350 families, with the partial or complete collapse of a large portion of the community. That was 10 days ago.
Finding cost-effective strategies to prepare for and combat natural hazards October 13, 2010
Today is the International Day for Disaster Reduction, a day especially designated to promote a global culture of natural disaster risk reduction.
Indonesia: Working in all levels for better disaster risk reduction initiatives October 11, 2010
This Wednesday — October 13 — is International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction. It's a day to focus on disaster preparedness and resilience.
Haiti: Taking lessons learned from Nepal to Haiti July 18, 2010
In late April of this year, fresh on the job managing Mercy Corps’ cash-for-work program in Port-au-Prince, Kristina Carvonis was asked to go to Nepal.
Nepal: Making Disaster Risk Reduction a reality April 29, 2010
Haiti: Re-imagining Haiti January 25, 2010
Myanmar. Sichuan. Katrina. Aceh. Their names conjure awful scenes of destruction. In our response to these crises, what lessons have we learned? And how should we be applying them to Haiti, the troubled nation that was perhaps the least prepared of any for tragedy on this scale?
Indonesia: Lake Maninjau October 10, 2009