Online journal of survival stories

Mirva Helenius
A 50-metre Cebu tanker devastated Mabell Lorenzana’s house when typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. The Red Cross provides training to help people recover from disasters quicker.
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Typhoon Hayian destroyed and damaged hundreds of buildings in the little village of Aliputos in the Philippines. However, there were no human fatalities. Every family had been warned about the typhoon and the most vulnerable individuals were evacuated before the typhoon hit the village.

Disaster Resilience Blog
  • Read the stories of disaster survivors here.
  • A new story is published every day on the online journal.
  • There are 42 stories in total.

Each day, the online journal tells a new survival story from communities around the world fighting natural disasters. The story of the village of Aliputos is one of them.

Extreme weather phenomena are becoming increasingly common, and their impacts are also growing. The International Red Cross helps communities around the world by providing training in disaster resilience. Training helps people survive the disasters and speeds up the recovery process.

“Working with large communities helps us understand their needs. This understanding allows us to anticipate the problems encountered during the crisis and save human lives and people’s income”, Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of IFRC says.

Disaster preparedness reduces financial losses

During the last 20 years, disasters have killed 1.3 million people and affected the lives of 4.4 billion people. Disasters are expected to cause annual losses of EUR 328 billion by 2030.

“Advance preparation saves human lives, but it is also a good idea financially. Each euro invested in diminishing the risks of disaster will pay itself back from four to up to seven times”, Kristalina Georgieva, Commissioner responsible for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.