Help takes many forms and action needs to be quick.
Most of the time we don't know where a disaster will strike. It could be an earthquake, a flood, a tsunami, or a drought that causes the crisis. It could also be something man-made like war or a nuclear meltdown.
Whatever it is, the people affected need help. Often their homes are destroyed, their food sources damaged and their services like water and electricity disrupted. There is also urgent need of medical help for the wounded and to deal with outbreaks of disease. Thankfully, there are many organizations that are able to help.
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Medical Aid comes first
Natural disasters can leave hundreds, if not thousands, of people in need of medical assistance.
Disaster relief organizations fly in trained medical professionals and medical supplies to assess and treat the survivors' medical needs.
Clean Water is Critical
In the aftermath of a disaster, water lines are often damaged and water sources can be contaminated.
Without potable water, people can perish within in a day. Getting clean water to the effected community is essential.
Food and Shelter
Disasters like earthquakes, floods and war can leave thousands without homes and access to food.
Disaster relief NGOs provide much needed temporary shelters, food and medical attention for the people affected by tragedy.
Rebuild, Rebuild, Rebuild
Once the emergency has passed and the situation is stable, it's time to rebuild homes, buildings and community services, such as water and power lines.
This can often be the most difficult and expensive part of the process.
Questions About Disaster Relief
- How do natural disasters affect people's lives?
- What kind of help is needed after a disaster?
- What can we do to support organizations that provide disaster relief?
- How can we prepare for natural disasters?
- How can we prevent man-made disasters?
Resources for Grades K-6
So, how much do you think it costs to send canned food to Kinshasa? What could a relief organization do with the same amount of funding? Check it out! Source: CIDI
Step into the heart of the action as you help the Heroes face everything from home fires to earthquakes. Source: Ready
Go through different locations with Gayle and her friends to find what you need for an emergency kit. Source: Ready
Resources for Grades 7-12
Fact sheets, documents, and exercises to teach youth about disaster preparedness.
This kit helps organizations effectively communicate the benefits of monetary donations in support of disaster relief efforts. Login required. Source: CIDI
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How to Take Action
Do you want to get involved either locally or internationally in this issue?
If so, check out the Explore column to the right. It contains NGO projects that you could support, as well as links to the showcases.