Act Now, Save Later
Why do we spend so little money preparing for disasters when they cost so much to respond to?
July 2012 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) have launched a new video highlighting the urgent need to invest more in preparing for and preventing natural disasters.
Since 2000, almost one million people have lost their lives to disasters caused by natural hazards. Two billion people have been affected. One trillion dollars in damage was caused.
“We cannot eliminate disasters, but we can mitigate risk. We can reduce damage and we can save more lives” said Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General.
The video also highlights that every dollar spent on preparedness saves seven dollars in humanitarian disaster response.
"Investing in preparedness saves thousands of lives and billions of dollars later," said Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator.