Emergencies and disasters

Responding to emergencies

Climate change is triggering sudden alterations in rain patterns: for example, monsoon rainfalls have decreased in recent years, causing severe droughts. Whilst at the same time, extreme and unpredicted monsoon rains are resulting in extensive floods and overflowing rivers damaging homes and livelihoods. With more than seven out of ten Indians relying on the agriculture sector to make a living, the country’s population is extremely vulnerable to extreme weather conditions. Year-long harvested yields can be destroyed in a matter of hours and crops essential to livelihoods can be lost in seconds.

We work hand in hand with local communities to increase their preparedness to disasters through eco-system community-based disaster risk reduction plans. People in rural areas know the risks, can identify damages and prioritize areas of action. With their knowledge, as well as taking into account the local eco-system, we engage the government in defining emergency preparedness plans in order to reduce a population’s vulnerability to natural hazards. After a natural disaster, ACTED works to provide essential support for the most vulnerable households. We provide temporary shelters to these families and distribute essential hygiene items to ensure basic health conditions and set up Cash-for-Work activities to support households recovering their normal lives.

OUR WORK

  • Stock piling of contingency reserves;
  • Responding to natural disasters by providing lifesaving assistance and relief items;
  • Training village disaster management committees;
  • Conducting mock drills;
  • Facilitating communities to develop eco-system community-based disaster risk reduction plans;
  • Raising awareness amongst school children and communities about how to respond to potential disasters in their locality;
  • Supporting local authorities and CBOs to access government funds for disaster risk reduction.