ECHO Factsheet Disaster Risk Reduction - March 2013

Key Messages

  • Natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, drought and cyclones cannot be prevented but the damage they cause and the number of lives they take away can be greatly reduced with good preparation and protection measures.

  • Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programmes aim to save lives and to protect livelihoods through simple measures such as making buildings safe, protecting lands from floods, establishing contingency plans and early warning systems.

  • DRR programmes help people to be better protected and better prepared before disaster strikes and to better withstand and recover from the impact of natural disasters once they happen. Our Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) programmes are implemented all year round so as to be efficient whenever disaster strikes.

  • On average, for every euro spent on DRR activities between four and seven euros are saved which would have been spent on responding to disasters.