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5 Ways USAID is Preparing for Hurricane Season

satellite photo of a hurricane

As another Atlantic hurricane season approaches, we are reminded that it takes just one bad storm to wreak havoc, kill and injure thousands, and inflict billions of dollars in damage.

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Strengthening Earthquake Response Efforts Across Asia

As one of his first official duties as the new USAID/OFDA Director, Jeremy Konyndyk signed a Letter of Coordination with CEA Administrator Chen Jianmin. Photo credit: USAID

USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance strengthens a partnership with the China Earthquake Administration to collaborate on future disaster responses. Read more >>

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Bringing the Private Sector into Disaster Risk Reduction

Direct economic losses from disasters during this century—including the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami —are estimated at $2.5 trillion. Photo credit: Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock/U.S. Air Force

Incorporating the private sector into the process of reducing disaster risks in hazard-prone communities is necessary in today’s world. Read more >>

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How Rap Music is Saving Lives in the Caribbean

Members of the St. Patrick’s Rangers, a voluntary youth club in Jamaica, engage in a map reading session through a disaster preparedness program led by USAID’s partner, Catholic Relief Services. Photo credit: Catholic Relief Services

The Youth Emergency Action Committees program led by Catholic Relief Services with support from USAID is one that transforms teens into disaster-preparedness leaders. Read more >>

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Helping Others During Hurricane Season

Unsolicited donations delivered to Samoa after the 2009 earthquake and tsunami took up space needed by relief organizations to sort and deliver vital emergency supplies. Photo credit: Richard Muffley, USAID CIDI

The 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially begins on June 1 and is expected to be very active. Preparing your family and home for hurricanes is important. Read more >>

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Using Science to Warn Countries About Deadly Flash Floods

USAID responds to more floods than any other type of natural disaster, like this one in Trinidad, Bolivia in 2003. Photo credit: USAID

Flash floods are the number one weather-related killer and the most fatal side effect of hurricanes. Read more >>

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Wall of Wind’ Helps USAID Test Shelters for Hurricane Relief

USAID built temporary shelters in Chile, using a combination of durable plastic sheeting and wood boards, to meet humanitarian needs in 2010. Photo credit: USAID

USAID’s work with the Wall of Wind helps improve the quality of emergency shelters and has a real impact on the way future homes and businesses are built in hurricane-prone areas. Read more >>

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USAID Prepares for Hurricane Season in Latin America and the Caribbean

USAID airlifted emergency relief supplies to the Bahamas when Hurricane Irene made landfall in 2011. Photo credit: USAID

In recognition of Hurricane Preparedness Week, USAID is highlighting the work we do to help disaster-prone countries prepare for and recover from hurricanes. Read more >>

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