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    International Disaster Relief Fund

    9 out of 10 emergency operations are responding to smaller to medium more ‘silent’ disasters which go unnoticed around the world, and rarely reach international media.

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    10 Facts About Disaster Relief

    Number 2. Between 2000 and 2012, natural disasters caused $1.7 trillion in damage and affected 2.9 billion people worldwide. With this much destruction, humanitarian disaster relief is crucial for helping communities rebuild.

    Source: Borgen Project

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    Monetary Donations Help More Than Material Donations

    CIDI has put together a list of ways to convert your material donation into a monetary donation.

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    Alberta Fires 2016

    In 2016, donations reached over $189 million to help individuals, families, communities, and small businesses recover from wildfires in Alberta. 

    Source: Canadian Red Cross

Disaster Relief


Disaster Relief

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

    1. How do natural disasters affect people's lives?
    2. What kind of help is needed after a disaster?
    3. What can we do to support organizations that provide disaster relief?
    4. How can we prepare for natural disasters?
    5. How can we prevent man-made disasters?
  • Resources for Grades K-6


    Greatest Good Donation Calculator

    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


    Disaster Master

    Step into the heart of the action as you help the Heroes face everything from home fires to earthquakes. Source: Ready

    Build a Kit Game

    Go through different locations with Gayle and her friends to find what you need for an emergency kit. Source: Ready

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  • Resources for Grades 7-12

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