$1 IN PREVENTION SAVES $7 IN RESPONSE
Natural hazards may not be preventable, but we can help prevent the human tragedies they cause by investing in disaster preparedness and mitigation. Being prepared saves lives and saves money. In fact, 'for every dollar spent on preparedness, an average of seven dollars can be saved on disaster response and recovery.
We live in a world where weather-related disasters will only keep getting worse until concrete measures are taken in line with the Paris Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. There is a dire need for better collaboration, cooperation and action from all stakeholders to be better prepared to face disasters.
Globally, UNDP helps build the resilience of communities and nations in line with the two agreements; the Paris Climate Agreement and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, while acting as the integrated platform to address climate action.
The NBRO in Sri Lanka also works to promote the Sendai framework – particularly on priority three to invest in disaster risk reduction for resilience.
BETTER PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE
Under the Post Disaster Resilient Housing Construction programme conducted in five districts [Kalutara, Ratnapura, Galle, Matara, and Hambantota – which were five of the most-affected districts in the May 2017 floods and landslides], support is given through the masonry trainings that cover a wide range of topics including the importance of a strong structure, the different types of foundation and pillars to be erected depending on the chosen land, and roofing reconstruction to name a few
“Today I learnt many things that I wasn’t aware of before,” says Lance Corporal Wijekoon, an officer in the Engineering regiment of the Sri Lanka Army. “
The lectures and practical onsite training will now help us to use these techniques and be better prepared in case of a disaster”