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Typhoons, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, famines, and other disasters affect millions of people and cause billions of dollars in damage each year. Many of these events are impossible to predict precisely, but the disaster response community has a variety of tools it can employ to reduce their effects. The community understands these tools as arrayed across a “disaster life cycle” that includes work from prevention efforts all the way through long-term recovery and “building back better.”
The disaster life cycle includes several phases:
Most people give immediately after a crisis, in response to clear emotional appeals. Yet donors who allocate funds across the disaster life cycle have an opportunity to help ensure that each dollar given reaches its full potential.
Private dollars can help with disaster relief throughout the disaster life cycle. Suggestions for donors include: