This year's World Disasters Report calls for a radical change in the way we manage natural disasters. By investing in resilience, we will save lives and money.
Resilience is about how people adapt, cope and recover in the face of adversity. It can be as personal as preparing a family emergency plan or as large as a citywide approach to building. It can include health, community education, psychological wellbeing and economic stability.
Disasters cost Australia $9 billion last year, and cost the world more than $200 billion annually. Yet just one out of every eight dollars spent on disasters goes towards reducing risks.
Australian Red Cross is calling for a four-fold increase in investment in disaster risk reduction and community resilience.
By investing in resilience, governments and communities could save lives, prevent human suffering and save billions in recovery costs and economic losses.
The World Disasters Report is an annual, independent study by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). It presents the latest thinking on disaster management, as well as global disaster statistics.
Download the World Disasters Report 2016 (PDF)
Disasters in 2015
More statistics in the World Disasters Report (PDF)
Photo: IFRC/Carlo Heathcote
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