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International Day for Disaster Reduction: How you can get involved!

13 October 2010 No Comment

The International Day for Disaster Reduction is an important event. It is a day to highlight the successes and to continue working toward achieving safer and more resilient communities.

Importance of disaster preparedness in India

Importance of disaster preparedness in India

How you can get involved!

1) Commit to PEER!

Join the PEER community throughout Asia, and our donors and partners in the US, in re-affirming your commitment to Disaster Reduction in your community:

Join PEER on Facebook >

Email PEER with your comments on Disaster Reduction, tell us what still needs to be done >

2) WHO Campaign!
Join in with the WHO South East Asia Region (WHO SEARO) social media  push for safe hospitals in disasters. WHO SEARO aims to engage 1 million people, and to build regional awareness and support for this issue.  This will help move decision-makers (who committed to safe hospitals last year) in to taking concrete action and preventing future, needless loss of life.

WHO needs your help! Take a look at their great NEW! Facebook  app >

The app invites you to test how quickly you respond to disaster,  and challenge your friends to react and beat your time! Help spread the message by ‘Liking’ the Page and/or commenting on the wall! >

3) Join in DRR Events in Asia!
Events are taking place around Asia this week – read more on ISDR website:
UN ISDR International Day for Disaster Reduction website >

Here are a few events from PEER countries and PEER partners:

‘Safer schools, safer hospitals and safer Mumbaikars’ campaign and celebration of the International day for disaster reduction – Mumbai, India
Date: 07-14 Oct 2010
Organizer: Saritsa Foundation
Location: India (Mumbai)
Themes: Capacity Development; Education & School Safety; Health & Health Facilities; Urban Risk & Planning

International day for disaster reduction – Bangladesh
Date: 13 Oct 2010
Organizer: Ministry of Food and Disaster Management (MOFDM), Bangladesh – gov
Location: Bangladesh
Themes: Capacity Development; Community-based DRR; Disaster Risk Management; Media; Urban Risk & Planning

International day for disaster reduction – Makassar, Indonesia
Date: 13 Oct 2010
Organizer: Urban Poor Consortium (UPC)
Location: Indonesia (Losari Beach, Makassar)
Themes: Civil Society/NGOs; Community-based DRR; Disaster Risk Management; Governance; Media; Urban Risk & Planning; Vulnerable Populations

International day for disaster reduction 2010 – Chitwan, Nepal
Date: 13 Oct 2010
Organizer: District Development Committee, Chitwan (DDC), Nepal – gov
Location: Nepal (Chitwan)
Themes: Disaster Risk Management

International day for disaster reduction: ‘Workshop on disaster risk reduction begins at school’ – Gujarat, India
Date: 13 Oct 2010
Organizer: Gujarat Science City
Location: India (Gujarat Science City)
Themes: Disaster Risk Management; Education & School Safety

National day for disaster reduction 2010 – Pakistan
Date: 13 Oct 2010
Organizer: Doaba Foundation
Location: Pakistan (Muzaffargarh, Punjab)
Themes: Disaster Risk Management
Hazards: Flood

* Second national symposium on disaster risk reduction & climate change adaptation
Date: 13-14 Oct 2010
Organizer: Ministry of Disaster Management and Human Rights (DMHR), Sri Lanka – gov
Location: Sri Lanka
Themes: Climate Change; Disaster Risk Management; Governance; Urban Risk & Planning

The 2010 ASEAN day for disaster management and international day for disaster reduction 2010
Date: 13 Oct 2010
Organizer: Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN); Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), Min of Interior; United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP); United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat – Asia and Pacific (UNISDR – AP)
Location: Thailand (Bangkok)
Themes: Education & School Safety; Governance; Media; Urban Risk & Planning

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