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.
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Colombia: Responding to Colombia's 'worst natural disaster'
Mercy Corps is responding to massive flooding in Colombia that the country's president called "the worst natural disaster that we can remember."
Colombia: Preventing floods in Barranquilla
Same time, next year
It's not often that the entire Global Emergency Operations team finds themselves in the same place at the same time. By design we are scattered across the globe, serving as a standing resource that can be quickly mobilized to augment Mercy Corps' overall ability to respond to an emergency.
Indonesia: Tapping the elders for a disaster preparedness team
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.