We recognize the images of disaster, but what factors do organizations take into account when responding to disasters?
We're familiar with the destruction and pain that disasters bring - the images are familiar to us. What is less people understand, though, is that the actual event - a tornado, flood, hurricane, or disease outbreak - is only part of what makes up a disaster. In other words, it is not just the event that is a disaster but also how it affects the community it hits. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies uses this formula to define what a disaster is:
Let's break down this formula a bit.
So, it is these three factors that help organizations define what a disaster is. Hopefully, with this information, you can be more informed about the most effective ways to prepare for disasters or respond to disasters in other parts of the world.
Complete a spiritual practice that allows you to pray for those affected by disasters.
Sometimes it is difficult to know how to respond to difficult situations. The Christian tradition (and other religions) believes that prayer is an important component of justice action. Allow this practice to guide your thoughts on the topic of Disaster & Human Dignity and your action when you leave this website.
Try to imagine the experience of a disaster in a community and how these disasters affect a real people.
Hold these individuals in your heart and mind as you offer your intentions for their well being. Share your prayer with others at the prayer wall.
To go deeper, see “Praying for Others.”
Help people after disasters big and small. Learn how to give blood through the American Red Cross.
After a disaster hits, we all feel stirred to give to those who are left vulnerable by the event. But sometimes what we give doesn't help all that much for various reasons. One gift will always be helpful, though: blood. Whether in large disasters like earthquakes or hurricanes, or personal disaster when people need blood for sickness or injury, there is always a need for blood donation.
One of the greatest needs after a disaster strikes is blood for people who are injured or in life-threatening situations. Learn more about how to donate blood or start a blood drive with the American Red Cross by visiting their website.