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Preparing for disasters

We don't just respond to emergencies – we also prepare for them. 

Being prepared makes a huge difference in saving lives and protecting people's livelihoods. 

It also makes economic sense. For every £1 invested in reducing the risk of disasters, £4 are saved in terms of emergency response and reconstruction.

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How to prepare for emergencies

A little bit of knowledge can go a long way. Learn what to do in a flood, fire, terrorist incident or other unexpected emergency.

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Food insecurity

Hunger and malnutrition kill more people than tuberculosis, AIDS and malaria combined. Read about our food work.

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Resilience

Find out how we help communities around the world prepare for, withstand and recover from disasters.

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Nepal: preparing for earthquakes

We support a project that helps people in the Kathmandu valley prepare for disasters.

A Bangladesh Red Crescent volunteer warns people of a coming cyclone

Bangladesh: preparing for cyclones

Read about how we are helping prepare communities, and especially women, in one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries.

Djibouti: improving water and sanitation

Djibouti suffers very high levels of poverty – but the Red Cross is helping some of its poorest people look forward to a better future.

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Syria: preparing for disasters

Earthquakes, floods and refugee crises – we’re helping the Syria Arab Red Crescent be prepared for all kinds of disasters.

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Kenya: preparing for disasters

Read about how we are helping communities to prepare for drought and other natural disasters.

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Uganda: preparing for disasters

We help people survive and prepare for natural disasters such as flooding, landslides and disease outbreaks.

Woman cooking over a fire in her home in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: food security and livelihoods

We are combating hunger by helping families generate their own food and income with agricultural training.

Volunteers dig in DPRK

Reducing the impact of disasters in DPRK

Sixteen million people suffer from malnutrition in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) – also known as North Korea – and the country is prone to natural disasters.

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Stories about being prepared

Quick-thinking Nisha used her first aid training when a neaighbour's baby nearly drowned.

After three days of action packed hands-on learning, Kriti Khatri is confident she can help her neighbours and loved ones when an earthquake happens.

Radio listeners can get life-saving information with the twist of a dial, thanks to a Nepalese Red Cross programme that is helping people prepare for earthquakes.

Women are particularly at risk of losing their lives in cyclones, but Sokanur and her friends are now better prepared.

Suchitra survived Cyclone Sidr, and it’s clear why she has such passion for her volunteer work.