Natural disasters have become a fact of life for millions around the world. In 2013, three times as many people lost their homes to natural disasters than to war, according to a recent policy brief from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. DRI commented on the findings and how communities should prepare for the future.
“The biggest mistake is that we wait for something to happen before responding to it,” DRI Executive Director Chloe Demrovsky told Inter Press Service. “Many disasters could be prevented by focusing on preparing our communities in advance. Each disaster event presents unique challenges, so there is no option to apply a one-size-fits-all approach.”
“For this reason, the idea of promoting resilience is gaining ground over the traditional approach of disaster risk reduction. Resilience means the ability to bounce back from a shock. The resilience of a community in terms of disaster recovery is dependent on the resources, level of preparedness, and organizational capacity of that community. Strong communities recover faster.”
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