Since 2009, USAID and the U.S. Forest Service have worked with South African firefighters to strengthen their ability to respond to emergencies. Wildfires half a world away demonstrated these investments in building local disaster response capacity are paying off.
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Mohammed and his family fled from village to village trying to escape ongoing violence in Sudan. Once settled in Ammar Jaded in Central Darfur, his family faced a new foe — dirty water that was making his children sick.
It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week, a national effort to help the public prepare for Atlantic hurricane season starting in June. In Jamaica, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance supports an innovative program that transforms at-risk youth into hurricane fighters.
Rescue canine siblings Phayu and Port, from Virginia, joined USAID’s Disaster Assistance Response Team in searching for survivors after Nepal’s devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake last month.
In 20 years, the number of people living in urban areas will increase by about 1.4 billion. In preparation for the World Humanitarian Summit, urban experts are discussing a key issue: how to incorporate rapid urban growth into humanitarian assistance.
Many Liberian businesses were hit hard when Ebola caused the border between Liberia and Sierra Leone to close for six months. USAID and Global Communities have built screening and triage stations so that people can safely travel between the countries again.
In Guinea, where Ebola rumors abound and suspicions about the response are the talk of the street, USAID is supporting a team of local journalists who are taking dedication to news reporting to a new level.
Transporting vital supplies and critical commodities quickly to the epicenter of an international disaster is what USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance does every day. However, the Ebola response has proved especially challenging for USAID’s disaster experts.
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.