disaster risk reduction


Photo Essay: Building Resilience in Cities Devastated by Typhoon Haiyan

Super Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, made landfall in the Philippines on November 8, 2013. One of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, Haiyan caused severe flooding and inflicted serious wind damage, impacting 16 million people and displacing more than 4 million. More than 6,000 people lost their lives, while 1.1 million homes were damaged or destroyed.


USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance - WASH in Emergencies

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs represent vital components of USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) responses to rapid-onset disasters and complex emergencies, as disaster-affected populations are more susceptible to illness and death from waterborne and communicable diseases. WASH interventions in emergencies often include promotion of good hygienic practices, construction or repair of latrines, removal of solid waste, and provision of safe, treated water.

Strategy and Guidance

Latin America and the Caribbean Disaster Risk Reduction Plan 2015-2019

For more than 30 years, USAID has been a leader in disaster risk reduction (DRR), pioneering approaches that have built regional and national disaster response capacities to confront a whole range of hazards. In Latin America and the Caribbean, USAID—through its Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance—has trained more than 70,000 people in emergency management and disaster response.


How USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance Saves Lives

The video explains what USAID--through the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)--is doing to help those suffering in the midst of some of the worst disasters and crises around the world. Specifically, it educates viewers on USAID/OFDA's unique disaster response capabilities and showcases the generosity of the American people to help those most in need.


USAID Provides Emergency Flood Assistance in Pakistan

In September 2010, USAID and our international partners provided logistical, financial, and technical support for Pakistan and its people in the aftermath of severe flooding caused by overwhelming monsoon rains.


USAID Provides Winter Shelter for Flood Victims in Pakistan

In Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, thousands of families lost their homes as a result of flooding in 2010. USAID provided insulated shelters to more than 1,600 of the most vulnerable families in the wake of the disaster.


Ethiopia Water is Life

In Ethiopia, almost half of the population does not have access to clean drinking water. This video highlights partnerships between USAID's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and non-governmental organizations to improve water supply and sanitation in several locations in Ethiopia.


USAID: Committed to a Water-Secure Future

This video highlights USAID projects supporting water-sector programs throughout the world, including USAID's 4th Sector Health, the Tajikistan Safe Drinking Water Project, Feed the Future, Ecuador Sustainable Forests and Coasts, and Afghan Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation.