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Caritas and Disaster Preparedness

Caritas and Disaster Preparedness
Caritas knows that preparedness is a wise investment, greatly reducing the impact of natural disasters. It means using our resources efficiently and harnessing the knowledge of our staff to stop a crisis becoming an emergency.

We have plans and supplies already in place so that we are ready to help in the crucial first hours after a disaster.
 We also work with local partners and communities to think ahead – building hurricane and earthquake resistant homes and schools, flood defences and community granaries.

As our changing climate means that some of the world’s poorest areas are being hit more frequently and more violently by extreme weather, disaster preparedness is becoming even more important.
With better disaster preparedness, we can save lives and livelihoods and make people better able to cope with crises.

Caritas updates on Disaster Preparedness

  • Cleaning up Vanuatu after the storm

Cleaning up Vanuatu after the storm

  • 17 April 2015
Groups of locals have taken to the streets of Port Vila, Vanuatu to help clean up the neighbourhoods hardest hit by Cyclone Pam as part of Caritas relief efforts.
  • Church critical role in cyclone response on Vanuatu

Church critical role in cyclone response on Vanuatu

  • 19 March 2015
Caritas Australia and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand are leading the Caritas Internationalis response in Vanuatu with the Catholic Church after the Pacific island nation was devastated by Cyclone Pam.
  • Tsunami reflections from Aceh

Tsunami reflections from Aceh

  • 22 December 2014
The 26 December 2004, a tsunami devastated Aceh. The crew of the fishing boat Centosa recieved Caritas support. See how their lives have changed ten years later.