A- A A+

Home Safe Home: Reducing Exposure, Reducing Displacement

Mr. Guterres walks through Codrington town in Barbuda to see firsthand the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma.
Mr. Guterres walks through Codrington town in Barbuda to see firsthand the devastation left behind by Hurricane Irma. UN Photo: Rick Bajornas

In September 2017, hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Barbuda, St. Maarten, Dominica, Puerto Rico, and other parts of the north-eastern Caribbean. It left people without electricity and water, destroyed homes and health clinics, and isolated communities on these islands. Recovery and rebuilding will require the technical guidance of UN and other disaster management experts, and collaboration among support organisations.

Disasters like these and others across the globe, cause death, injury, ill-health, loss of livelihood, displacement, and lack of access to basic services. Especially vulnerable are children, people living with disabilities, and older persons. To promote risk-awareness among all people and mitigate the impact of disasters, the United Nations, governments, civil society organisations and other emergency support groups, educate on best practices at all levels -  international, regional and national.

Their work is critical to reduce exposure, protect communities and lower the numbers of people displaced by disasters. This year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction (13 October) focuses on these best practices, and related actions and policies that can save homes and livelihoods.

Last modified on Monday, 16 October 2017 11:37

Media

back to top

Contact

Email: unic.portofspain@unic.org 

Telephone: 1(868) 623 8438 or 623 4813

Fax: 1 (868) 623 4332 

Address: 

2nd Floor Bretton Hall, 16 Victoria Avenue, 

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

 

 

 

Feature photos

  • 20180920 161147
  • RUBÉNUNCARES
  • ellaunfpa18
  • MUN STUDENTSSINGING
  • parent an students who attended in 2nd Climate Change workshop, with UNIC Director, Costa Rican Abassador, ASPnet Coordinator and guest presenter
  • UNIC UN Cares Trainer gets his certificate
  • UNFPA staff Ella presents a gift to a visitor at the UN booth on International Women's Day 2018
  • Culture night at MUN 2018 in Port of Spain