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Issue brief: Addressing Disaster Risk Reduction of multiple hazards during the COVID-19 crisis

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KEY RECOMMENDATIONS:

  • Using risk as an opportunity for transformative action
  • Harness the role of the youth/young people and innovative solutions
  • Psychosocial support must be prioritized as some communities face the ‘triple whammy’ of multiple disaster impacts
  • Health pandemics must be mainstreamed in disaster preparedness/contingency planning (this is often neglected)
  • Support local organizations at frontline of response but with limited financial resources
  • COVID-19 presents an opportunity to strengthen collaboration across different sectors, structures to strengthen ‘integrated’ actions
  • Long-term solutions that are climate smart are critical and must remain a priority as climate change impacts combine with COVID-19 to affect the most poor and most vulnerable
  • Stimulus packages for COVID-19 response provide an opportunity for initiating a transformational and green recovery with the creation of green jobs