Save the Children works with children, communities and governments to build their capacity to deal with disasters.

With so many disasters around the world – conflicts, natural disasters, and extreme weather events – we help communities reduce hazards in many different ways.

Raising awareness of hazards

Building resilience in children can be as simple as raising awareness of the hazards around them and ensuring they each know what to do when a disaster strikes. In the Philippines which is regularly hit by typhoons, Save the Children works with children to assess their own hazards and vulnerabilities and ways of reducing them. They design their own disaster risk reduction and emergency management plans and together with teachers and the Department of Education raise community awareness about what to do in an emergency. 

Preparing for natural disasters

In areas affected by natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, Save the Children works to ensure that schools are constructed in ways that make them resistant to the impacts of disasters. This makes the building safer and also ensures that children can continue with their education.

Saving money through resilience

Investing in resilience helps communities prepare, cope and recover faster when disaster strikes. For every US$1 spent on disaster resilience, more is saved in reduced humanitarian spend, losses are avoided and future development gains created. Helping communities become more resilient is not only affordable, it also helps to reduce the impact of emergencies on children, their families and communities – helping to break the disaster cycle.