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International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

Join the world in reducing disaster risk on International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction - promote safety and resilience in your community!
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Mark your calendar and get ready to celebrate International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on October 13! This day was first celebrated in 1989 after a call from the United Nations General Assembly to address the growing issue of natural disasters around the world. Since then, it has become an important occasion to raise awareness about disaster risk reduction and how we can all work together to reduce the risks associated with them. From attending educational seminars to participating in volunteer activities, there are plenty of ways you can join in on this special day. So what are you waiting for? Let's get started!

History of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction Dates

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1989</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>UNGA Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>United Nations General Assembly creates the International Day for Disaster Reduction to promote global culture of disaster reduction.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Observance</div><div class='timeline-text'>The International Day for Disaster Reduction was first observed globally, initiating discussions about disaster risk reduction.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Hyogo Framework</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015) is endorsed by the UN aimed at building resilience of nations and communities to disasters.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Sendai Framework Approval</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 is adopted at the Third UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Assessment Report Release</div><div class='timeline-text'>UNDRR releases the Global Assessment Report highlighting the investment in disaster risk reduction as a cost-effective strategy.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pandemic Risk Highlight</div><div class='timeline-text'>Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, the need for disaster risk reduction gets emphasized worldwide, cementing the relevance of International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a Community Event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a community event that focuses on disaster risk reduction. Invite speakers to talk about the importance of risk reduction, and have activities or workshops to teach people how to prepare for disasters.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer with an Organization</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find an organization in your area that focuses on disaster risk reduction and volunteer your time. This is a great way to help the community and gain awareness of the issue.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Educate Others</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Educate others about disaster risk reduction by holding seminars or workshops, creating handouts, or spreading awareness through social media.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Learn Emergency Protocols</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to learn emergency protocols for different types of disasters. Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency can help you stay safe and reduce the risk of harm.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a Disaster Plan</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Create a disaster plan for yourself and your family. This can include important contact information, evacuation routes, and other necessary information in case of an emergency.</p></div></div>

Why International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes preparedness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By observing International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, we are reminded of the importance of being prepared for disasters and emergencies. From stocking up on supplies to knowing evacuation plans to having a good safety plan in place, preparation is key to staying safe in an emergency.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It reminds us of the risks</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Disasters can come in many forms, from natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods to more human-made issues like terrorism or pandemics. By recognizing International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, we are encouraged to think about these potential risks and practice vigilance throughout the year.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages action and education</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction serves as a reminder that we all need to be proactive in reducing disaster risk and educating our communities on how to be prepared. It encourages us to volunteer with local organizations that specialize in disaster reduction, donate to relief efforts, and encourage others to do the same!</p></div></div>

5 Unheard Facts About Disaster Risk Reduction

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is an Essential Part of Sustainable Development</h3><p class='facts-content'>Efficient risk reduction measures can help prevent loss of lives and livelihoods, minimize environmental damage, and promote sustainable development.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>DRR Involves Different Disciplines</h3><p class='facts-content'>Disaster Risk Reduction is a comprehensive discipline that spans across various fields such as climatology, geology, geography, sociology, engineering, public health, urban planning and more.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>DRR is Cost-Effective in the Long Run</h3><p class='facts-content'>Studies show that for every dollar invested in disaster risk reduction, several dollars are saved in disaster response and recovery costs.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Early Warning Systems Are a Key Component of DRR</h3><p class='facts-content'>Early warning systems are crucial for effectively mitigating the impact of disasters. They provide individuals and communities with timely and meaningful information to enable action to save lives and reduce other adverse impacts.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Capacity Building is a Pillar of DRR</h3><p class='facts-content'>Investing in people's capacity, particularly in vulnerable communities, is a central part of disaster risk reduction efforts. It empowers them to participate in decision making, planning, and implements risk reduction measures.</p></div></div>

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction FAQs

When is International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction?

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is celebrated on October 13 every year. In 2024, it will fall on a Sunday.

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