Advocating Disaster Prevention and Risk Reduction

 

On China's 9th national Disaster Prevention and Risk Reduction Day, Amity and various organizations teamed up to enhance public awareness and to raise urban communities’ capacity to cope with disasters.

Therefore, the Amity Foundation and affiliated organizations, NGOs, government departments and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) teams jointly set up an activity and exhibition area in a public park in Nanjing on May 12-13.

Information booths, various training and exposure activities were organized. Besides, providing information about disasters, the activities also included training of how to behave in case of disasters, how to apply first aid and how to use properly disaster relief equipment, kits and utilities.

The local community learn how to apply first aid and life-saving procedures

Participants are exposed to a disaster simulation (left) and are trained how to use a fire extinguisher

Amity advocates a comprehensive approach for disaster mitigation and preparedness and encourages public contribution and participation, as well as local and international cooperation. Representatives from Yunnan, Guanxi and Hunan, provinces that are especially exposed to high risks and numbers of natural disasters, attended the opening ceremony and signed a disaster relief cooperation agreement with Amity.

In spite of the rain, many people participated (left). Amity and partner organizations sign a cooperation agreement (right)

In particular, with accelerating urbanization and increasing population, urban communities face higher risks of being affected to various types of disasters. In the wake of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, the Chinese government decided to make May 12 'Disaster Prevention and Reduction Day'. China is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world.

During the year, Amity and partner organizations are promoting disaster risk reduction and preparedness activities in schools