Every disaster is different: Hazard-Specific Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation Guide

Cover photo “Hazard-Specific Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation Guide”
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By: UNDRR - Americas

Panama, Panama, January 12, 2015 – The Latin America and Caribbean regional office of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), published the “Hazard-specific Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation Guide”, intended to guide analysis of which USAID/OFDA sectors and sub-sectors may be most relevant to reducing risk related to an identified hazard in the programme location.

As set out in USAID/OFDA’s DRR conceptual framework, the broad context of the area exposed to a given natural hazard, and the capacities that exist within that area, will also serve to guide the development of appropriate DRR programmes.

This guide shows how to approach hazard-related disasters such as cyclones, droughts, earthquakes, epidemics, floods, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and extreme temperatures, among others; presents examples of disasters and touches on topics such as: Agriculture, emergency shelter, sanitation practices, safety, specific risk management policies, etc.

The "Small Grants DRR Regional Forum 2014”, showcased the guide as one of the best documents regarding DRR activities specific to individual hazards.

It should be noted that the implementation of these types of guides contributes to the actions promoted by USAID/OFDA and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) to save lives and reduce the social and economic impact of disasters, so we strongly recommend that it be read and implemented.

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Hazard-specific Disaster Risk Reduction Implementation Guide



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