Ten years ago today the Indian Ocean tsunami hit land in Aceh province, Indonesia. As we mark this tragic anniversary, we also reflect on some valuable lessons learned about how we respond to disasters. Here are five.
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“I’ve Never Had a Job Like This”: Life Inside an Ebola Treatment Unit
California nurse, Audrey Rangel, works at the Ebola treatment unit in Bong County. She explains what it’s really like and talks about one of the patients she met inside. Watch the video and go inside the Ebola response with Audrey.
Justin Pendarvis: “We have to demystify Ebola. It’s not a superhuman and magical thing.”
This is the third in our Profiles in Courage series in which photojournalist Morgana Wingard compiles snapshots and sound bites from our USAID and Disaster Assistance Response Team staff on the front lines of the Ebola response. Here she and USAID’s Natalie Hawwa talk to the first man on the ground with USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team, Public Health Advisor Justin Pendarvis.
Reducing Disaster Risk for All Generations
This year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction emphasizes the need to ensure that disaster planning and mitigation efforts are inclusive of all people, particularly the aging population. The day also recognizes the experience and knowledge that the aging population can bring to disaster preparedness–showing that all generations can learn from one another by working together before disasters strike to reduce risk and increase resilience.
An Unprecedented Response to the Ebola Crisis
Today the world is facing the largest and most-protracted Ebola epidemic in history. Yesterday, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, President Obama declared the Ebola epidemic in West Africa a top national security priority and announced a clear, comprehensive, and global strategy to stop the outbreak.
World Humanitarian Day 2013: Honoring Those Who Serve
This World Humanitarian Day, the U.N. kicks off a campaign called “The World Needs More” to inspire governments, companies, and individuals to turn words into action and raise awareness of humanitarian needs around the world. Read more >>
Having the Right Tools at the Right Time to Meet Food Assistance Needs
Using resources available under its Emergency Food Security Program, USAID strives to respond to crises to best meet the needs of vulnerable populations. Read more >>
Helping Haiti Recover Three Years Later
Three years after the earthquake, USDA and USAID continue to help the Haitian agricultural sector recover. Read more >>
Partnering to Respond to Disasters & Emergencies
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has a long history of responding to global disasters and emergency situations. Taking even just a cursory look at the news and you will see stories about how the Agency is responding to the complex emergencies and humanitarian crises in Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire and the earthquake and […]