is to Create Community Resiliency through Quality Education and Training.
is to provide Emergency Preparedness Training for the general public at little or no cost.
is to provide a positive learning environment, free of fear and bias.
is preparedness is the responsibility of, we the people, as individuals, to take simple steps to better endure situations large and small.
According to the Emergency Events Database, maintained by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), since 1900, we have seen a tremendous increase in the number of natural disasters reported. From the early 1900s to the early 1940s, the number of disasters has remained fairly consistent. Starting about 1950, we have seen a near J-curve increase in the number of incidents reported. The chart below shows this increase (click for larger image).
A common notion for this increase is the better communications enabled by the industrial, and again in the digital age. Due to this better, and recently, near-instantaneous communication, we could assume that the number of disasters has remained constant, but we’re simply more aware of them.
When we look at the people aspect of these disasters, we see that the number of people affected by these disasters has also risen. Part of this increase can be attributed to the increase in population across the globe. We have also seen in increase in technology, which leads to safer structures and better warning systems. Yet even with the technological advancements, we are seeing in dramatic increase in the number of people affected by natural disasters.
The spikes in this chart show the large increase in people affected by major disasters in the past 50 years.
Though the first chart shows a slight decline in the number of disaster reported, we are still experiencing a greater number of disasters than we have previously experienced, even 2 or 3 decades ago. As various studies have shown, preparedness, prevention, and mitigation can lessen the impact to people affected by disasters.
We at the Center for Community Resilience Education and Training believe that we can strengthen our communities, making them more resilient to the affects of disaster, through education on disaster preparedness. Every community in the United States is as risk of one disaster or another. The majority of communities face risks from multitudes of natural and technological disasters.
The common tenants of disaster preparedness is a common theme in our training courses, laying the ground work for basic preparedness, as well as more complex scenarios, such as those involving pandemic viruses or long-term electrical power outages. By reaching out to communities and educating people on emergency preparedness and how to be better able to take of themselves, their family, and those in their neighborhood, our communities will ready to face the challenges associated with emergency response.