Every year disasters caused by natural hazards put millions across the globe at risk and cause losses worth trillions. Disasters occur throughout the world, each more destructive than the other. People lose their loved ones, homes, livelihoods and most importantly their resilience, leaving them emotionally weak and unable to bounce back from the catastrophe they have experienced.
- Among lives lost in disasters at least one out of three is a child below 18 years of age.
- Developing countries account for 95 percent of all deaths caused by disasters due to natural hazards and suffer losses that are 20 times greater.
- Studies show that women, boys, and girls are 14 times more likely than men to die during a disaster
In most cases; it is not the disaster itself that causes the travesty. Other factors like unplanned and unsafe construction, lack of early warning systems, lack of knowledge on safety measures to be taken before and after the calamity, etc. are the real causes for destruction and loss of life. Natural calamities are beyond our control, there is nothing we can do stop them from occurring, but we can surely minimize the damage caused by taking appropriate steps before and after the event.
What We Do
We make an attempt to address the full cycle of disaster management through our initiatives. Thus, before a disaster occurs we train the communities to be better prepared for the disaster and help lessen the impact. Following a disaster, we provide immediate aid to the people to help cope better.
We provide relief aid such as food, clothes, clean drinking water, etc to the affected victims to help them cope better with the stress. We also organize rehabilitation work such as building homes depending on the need of the hour. The aim of disaster management training is to build the capacity of the communities and that of staff of PRIDE India, to improve preparedness and response at all levels before, during and after disasters and to give all individuals of the community the means to work together in a coordinated manner. We also train government functionaries for preparedness.