Susan Romanski Susan Romanski, US Director, Disaster Preparedness & Community Resilience Susan Romanski’s stories 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. Some thoughts on World Humanitarian Day The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction — Day 5 Today, at the last day of the Platform, I took advantage of a fascinating early session to understand what is being done about legal frameworks for disaster response. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction — Day 4 It is always nice when things you are really interested in come together. Today, on day 4 of the Global Platform, two topics that came together for me were Sphere and disaster risk reduction. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction — Day 3 It seems that the second full day of a conference generates more substantive discussion and thought than the first day, and this was certainly the case at the Global Platform today. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction - Day 2 The sun came out in Geneva this morning and 1,800 people from governments, the UN, international organizations, science and academic institutions gathered to discuss the progress we're all making on disaster risk reduction efforts around the world. The Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction — Day 1 Every two years, a very important conference is held between governments, academic and science institutions, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to see how the international community can reduce disaster risks in a world of ever increasing hazards. Reducing the Risk of Disaster With its steep mountains, heavy rains and seismic activity, Tajikistan is one of the most disaster-prone countries on the planet. Each year some 50,000 landslides, 5,000 earthquakes and tremors, and hundreds of avalanches and debris flows hit the Central Asian state.