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June 22, 2015

Since the year 2000, almost 1 million people have lost their lives to disasters caused by natural hazards. 2 billion people have been affected. 1 trillion dollars in damage was caused.

Every one dollar spent on preparing for disasters could save seven dollars in response. Yet, the international community is spending only 1% of aid on disaster preparedness.

We can't prevent disasters, but we can help prevent the human tragedies they cause. 

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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
Learn about OCHA's work on Emergency Preparedness:
Play this disaster simulation game and learn how you can help prevent:

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Learn about UNDP's work in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Risk Management:
Donate for Preparedness: 
Essential steps you can take to prepare for disasters:

Animation by Ataboy

One dollar in prevention saves $7 in response: 
• DFID Report citing figure (from Abramovitz 2001—See below): 
• Abramovitz paper (summary) (report) - page 7 and page 30 (citing: World Bank/U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) cited in Twigg, op. cit. note 7; German T. Velasquez et al., "A New Approach to Disaster Mitigation and Planning in Mega-cities: The Pivotal Role of Social Vulnerability in Disaster Risk Management," in Takashi Inoguchi et al., eds., Cities and the Environment: New Approaches for Eco-Societies (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 1999), p. 162.
• Other sources:
"Only 1% of the ODA is used for risk reduction":
Report by Global Humanitarian Assistance (p. 2-3 for details of international DRR funding):

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