In the face of increased frequency and impact of disasters, particularly in the last decade, and aware that the risk of loss of life and property damage increases as floods, earthquakes or other natural hazards occur in communities where basic infrastructure such as schools and hospitals is unsafe; UNISDR will formalize this Global Programme aimed at strengthening school safety, at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, to be held in Sendai, Japan in March 2015.
Since 2006, the UNISDR has promoted Campaigns like 'Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School'(2006-2007), 'Safe Hospitals' (2008-2009) and 'One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals', the latter in the framework of the Global Campaign 'Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!' in force since 2010 and primarily promoted by the Regional Office for the Americas and its strategic partners.
Some 23,000 institutions and more than 1,200 people have joined the 'One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals' initiative through its Internet portal.
Other countries are also prioritizing school safety in the face of disaster risk, as in the case of the Philippines, which recently launched the Programme 'How Safe is Your School?', as a result of the impact of Typhoon Haiyan and the consequent displacement 1.7 million children, in addition to the damage to hundreds of schools that could not even be used as a temporary shelter.
The program 'How safe is your school?', also supported by UNISDR, urges students, faculty and communities to proactively evaluate the preparedness and capacity for resilience of their schools.
'How Safe is Your School?' Programme
'One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals' Initiative (Spanish)