2017 International Day for Disaster Reduction

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A USAID flood shelter in Bolivia.
A USAID flood shelter in Bolivia. (USAID Photo)

2017 International Day for Disaster Reduction

Today the international community celebrates International Day for Disaster Reduction. The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every October 13th, this day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. The United States is committed to this effort.

USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) responds to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries each year. But USAID also helps people prepare for disasters before they strike - providing approximately $111 million in disaster risk reduction programs in FY 2017 alone.

See how the USAID/OFDA works with communities around the world to reduce the negative impact of disasters and to save lives: 

To commemorate the International Day of Disaster Reduction, USAID also spotlighted how its disaster experts and teams worked to reduce the damage caused by natural disasters in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. See USAID's work in action:

Disaster Risk Reduction by USAID publications on Exposure

Still unsure why you should care about disaster reduction? The Platform on Disaster Displacement team asked people on the streets in Geneva to answer questions about disaster reduction to raise awareness on the realities and needs of women, children and men forced to leave their homes because of floods, hurricanes, earthquakes or droughts. Check out their video: