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How We Respond to Natural Disasters

Why Disaster Preparedness and Response Matters

Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are highly vulnerable to a range of natural hazards, including earthquakes hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, landslides, volcanoes, and drought. Of the 141 declared disasters in the LAC region between 2002 and 2012, flooding was the most common (68), followed by hurricanes (28) and storms (10). Today the risk of economic loss due to weather-related disasters in the Americas is greater than the rate of economic growth.


Because natural disasters and humanitarian crises can have such a devastating impact on people and infrastructure, PADF helps communities prepare for these events and responds when necessary with appropriate emergency relief aid.


How Does PADF Respond to Disasters?


As the disaster relief arm of the Organization of American States (OAS), PADF mobilizes immediate relief funds from both individuals and corporate partners to help the most vulnerable victims in Latin American and the Caribbean region. Through our affiliation with the OAS, PADF can send relief supplies to affected communities without paying import duties, which guarantees that more goods arrive to those most in need.


To enhance the effectiveness of our interventions, PADF coordinates closely with municipal leaders, community organizations, companies, and civil defense agencies to identify the highest priorities, mobilize the business sector, and deliver programs and resources with the greatest impact. Once initial needs are met, PADF works with its partners to establish a long-term rebuilding strategy.


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Disaster Management Alliance


PADF leads the Disaster Management Alliance (DMA), a unique partnership to strengthen disaster management throughout Latin America and the Caribbean that engages the private sector in disaster mitigation, preparedness, and response. This model serves as an effective channel to leverage private sector resources for all phases of disaster management.


To maximize its effectiveness, the DMA collaborates with communities, government authorities, non-government organizations, and the private sector to help countries manage disaster risk through mitigation and prevention activities.


The Alliance is an initiative of PADF and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which is the primary donor. Other partners include the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) and the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP).


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