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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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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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Photo of the Week: 2013 Hurricane Preparedness Week

Aftermath of hurricane tomas at camps for internally displaced people

If Hurricane Sandy could do so much damage in the U.S., imagine the impact of similar storms on less developed countries. 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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Aid to Internally Displaced Persons in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

More than 12,000 water containers, 3,000 blankets and 1,000 kitchen sets were airlifted to Katanga Province in DRC from USAID’s stockpiles in Dubai, The United Arab Emirates (UAE). Photo credit: UNICEF

USAID has responded to urgent needs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by airlifting more than $270,000 worth of emergency relief supplies to the region. Read more >>

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Photo of the Week: Typhoon Relief in the Philippines

Typhoon Bopha relief 1

USAID responded to Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines and provided more than $4.5 million in assistance to help meet the most critical needs of those affected by the storm. Read more >>

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