Disaster Risk Reduction Member Activity Report. Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction Efforts Conducted by InterAction Member Agencies

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) aims to lessen the impacts of disasters through prevention and preparedness. By promoting and institutionalizing actions to mitigate the effects of these events, or avert them altogether, DRR takes a proactive stance to the delivery of humanitarian aid, development programs, and government legislation. This approach is important for several reasons. First, DRR can make significant contributions to the economics of disasters by reducing the cost of humanitarian aid and alleviating the disproportionate impact of disasters on the poor. Second, rapid urbanization is exposing more people to risk and implementing DRR into city planning is vital to ensuring safer cities. Third, and most importantly, Disaster Risk Reduction save lives.

Published 2012-03-07