Today’s complex disasters, especially those involving terrorism or weapons of mass destruction, result in an unpredictable number of victims that can overwhelm local healthcare providers. In some disasters, local hospitals may be destroyed, transportation to medical facilities may not be feasible, or the environment may be contaminated. Under the best of circumstances, organized response and delivery of necessary supplies typically does not occur for a minimum of 96 hours, even within countries with advanced disaster preparedness planning, such as the United States. In regions frequently affected by natural disaster, such as China, ongoing medical relief training may be necessary.

 

Emergency Relief

By: PeerSpring

Disasters are all too frequent, and the material and human costs of such events vary widely. Though disaster strikes both wealthy and poor regions of the world, such events cause especially high levels of death and destruction in developing countries where emergency response is limited. Alongside natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes and floods, man-made disasters such as nuclear accidents and oil spills also present great danger to human and animal life. Humanitarian relief is aid to victims of a natural or man-made disaster.

clean water + sanitation

By: PeerSpring

Globally, more than 660 million people don’t have safe drinking water, and 2.4 billion lack access to improved sanitation facilities.

relief funding

By: PeerSpring

Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people suffering from a disaster may not get the help and resources they need. More specifically, funding gaps exist from one country to the next due to their geographic and/or political positions, not to mention their humanitarian needs.

burial

By: PeerSpring

One of the most challenging aspects of emergency relief is how to manage a large number of deaths. Globally, disasters claim the lives of thousands of people every year, yet management of the dead is often overlooked in planning,

disaster preparedness

By: PeerSpring

Reducing disaster risk requires communities to be properly prepared, so that they are in a better position to respond when a disaster does strike.

displacement

By: PeerSpring

The rate at which people are fleeing war and persecution has soared from 6 per minute in 2005 to 24 per minute in 2015, according to the UN Refugee Agency. From what we understand today, forced displacement hit a global high with 65.3 million people displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution in that year and persists today.

emergency provisions

By: PeerSpring

Disasters don't recognize borders or socio-economic status. Anyone at any time and in any corner of the world can suffer from a crisis which requires a coordinated, global relief effort in order to provide emergency food, shelter and other provisions.

psychological support

By: PeerSpring

Psychologists are often mobilized in response to a disaster in order to help survivors, volunteers and other relief personnel cope with the stress of the situation.

search + rescue

By: PeerSpring

Disasters strike with little to no warning, often causing loss of life, injury and other serious disruptions which can not always be dealt with by local authorities. Response times in situations of crisis vary community by community and often require specialists to assist in the search and rescue procedures.