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Disaster Management

DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT

Disasters can strike anytime and anywhere and those in need can’t wait; their needs are urgent. While Malaysia is fortunate to be in a geographic position where it is not vulnerable to major natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes, it is nonetheless exposed to emergencies such as floods, droughts, the haze and enemy insurgence.

The Malaysian Red Crescent is well prepared to help vulnerable local communities during these emergencies. Working with the government, we ensure that supplies are available and our volunteers equipped and ready to be mobilized.

Following a disaster our workers and volunteers provide vital assistance for people’s basic needs including emergency lodging, emergency food supplies, emergency clothing and family reunification.

We work in partnership with first responders, emergency managers and public officials to support their response activities. We also work in collaboration with other voluntary sector organisations.

In addition to local communities we also support our counterparts in other parts of the world, in their time of need, whether by sending our volunteers and responders or raising disaster relief funds.

DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT IN MALAYSIA

Disaster risk arises when natural hazard hazards interact with physical, social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities. What is worrying is that natural hazards are on the rise.

In 2010, more than 208 million people were affected by natural hazards. What is even more alarming is that, should current trend continue, some 100,000 lives will be lost annually while the costs of natural disaster will be more than US$300 billion per year by 2050.

The establishment of a Disaster Risk Reduction (DDR) is crucial to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards like earthquake , floods, drought, and cyclones, through an ethic of prevention.

The Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) places significant importance on DRR where it supports local civil society, communities, households and individuals to become less vulnerable and strenghten their capacity to anticipate, resist, cope and recover from natural hazards.

Disaster risk arises when natural hazard hazards interact with physical, social, economic and environmental vulnerabilities. What is worrying is that natural hazards are on the rise. In 2010, more than 208 million people were affected by natural hazards. What is even more alarming is that, should current trend continue, some 100,000 lives will be lost annually while the costs of natural disaster will be more than US$300 billion per year by 2050. The establishment of a Disaster Risk Reduction (DDR) is crucial to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards like earthquake , floods, drought, and cyclones, through an ethic of prevention. The Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) places significant importance on DRR where it supports local civil society, communities, households and individuals to become less vulnerable and strenghten their capacity to anticipate, resist, cope and recover from natural hazards.
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