Disaster preparedness refers to measures taken to prepare for and reduce the effects of disasters. That is, to predict and, where possible, prevent disasters, mitigate their impact on vulnerable populations, and respond to and effectively cope with their consequences.
Disasters impact on entire communities. The immediate effects include loss of life and damage to property and infrastructure, with the survivors traumatized by the experience, uncertain of the future and less able to provide for their own welfare, at least in the short term.
Recovery refers to those programmes which go beyond the provision of immediate relief to assist those who have suffered the full impact of a disaster to rebuild their homes, lives and services and to strengthen their capacity to cope with future disasters.
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What to do in an Emergency!
If you're in a situation where you or someone you know is in danger, there are a number of things you can do. Stay calm and call the emergency services. Emergencies can occur at any time for a variety of reasons. The first priority is always your safety. Be prepared to respond independently. Warn anyone in immediate danger, and contain or manage the situation if it is safe to do so.
You're in trouble!
What do you do?