There is nothing natural about a disaster: extreme weather events do not inevitably lead to catastrophe and people do not inevitably need to die or suffer. We can save countless lives and reduce suffering if we use forecasts and act before a disaster. If we evacuate people before a flood, we do not need to rescue them and support them afterwards. If we help farmers find alternative livelihood options, they won’t need food aid when the harvest fails. The Red Cross and Red Crescent knows that, with the right information, support and science-based resourcing – such as the forecast-based financing – communities can and will adopt early actions to protect themselves. Our project will significantly expand the number of communities who can do this. Every year, natural hazards affect around 200 million people, kill 67,000 people and drive 26 million people into poverty. Together, we can prevent this from happening.
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