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What is a disaster? – International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Disasters happen when a community is “not appropriately resourced or organized to withstand the impact, and whose population is vulnerable because of poverty, exclusion or socially disadvantaged in some way” (Mizutori, 2020).

Disasters therefore can and should be prevented. We can prevent hazards from leading to disasters by helping communities to be preparedreduce their risks and become more resilient.

These efforts are becoming more and more urgent in the context of the climate crisis. The impacts of global warming are already killing people and devastating lives and livelihoods every year, and they will only get worse without immediate and determined action. Read more in our latest World Disasters Report.

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