Disaster Risk Reduction Initiative
Analyzing and comparing risk factors across vulnerable countriesIn 2011, natural disasters took the lives of nearly 30,000 people, affected more than 200 million others, and caused a record $366 billion in economic damage. The United States alone has seen a surge in weather-related disasters in recent years, with an increasing number of tornadoes, hurricanes and storms causing widespread destruction.
Domestically and internationally, the US is world leader in building resilience and investing in preparedness and prevention to minimize the impact and damage of humanitarian crises, expected to be more devastating than they are today. DARA’s experience can contribute the tools and expertise to make sure that there is reliable evidence and information available to help governments and their partners focus and prioritise their risk reduction work, shifting the humanitarian model from reactive and response-based, to more anticipatory and forward-looking.
DARA’s Disaster Risk Reduction Initiative goes beyond merely considering disaster risks in terms of natural hazards. Instead, we offer a more comprehensive set of tools, methods andanalysis that looks at factors across sectors that can contribute to disaster risk. The Disaster Risk Reduction Index helps governments, civil society and other committed actors understand the factors that generate risks and, through stakeholder involvement, enables them to effectively address those risks from a more integrated perspective.