Preparedness saves lives that relief efforts can do nothing about. It empowers those in harms way of natural hazards to protect themselves, their families and communities. It reduces fear and encourages self-reliance. It also improves living conditions and the quality of life.
We cannot prevent natural hazards, but we can prevent natural disasters.
Whether a natural hazard causes a natural disaster is a choice – a choice between denial or preparedness. Preparedness results in resilience. Resilience is learning from past experiences and improve future protection by implementing risk reduction strategies (UNISDR, 2009).
Prevention is different from emergency services and relief efforts. These are necessary, but, the ounce spent on prevention by far outweighs the tons used for relief. Prevention brings local communities together to implement local solutions for the common goal of greater community resilience.
An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of disaster relief.