Funded by Taiwan, the “Yo Me Preparo” (I’m Getting Prepared) project benefits 5,000 people in the municipality of Mixco, Guatemala. Located just northwest of Guatemala City, residents in Mixco are exposed to multiple natural hazards, including floods, landslides and earthquakes.
The Yo Me Preparo initiative brings together community stakeholders, government authorities, and universities to encourage climate change adaptation and increase community resilience in the face of disaster events. PADF will provide training and equipment to organize neighborhood-based disaster preparedness and response teams.
By working with community members and municipal authorities PADF will also evaluate and strengthen early warning systems and identify strategies to reduce the impacts of disasters. PADF will support local development priorities by implementing small-scale disaster mitigation infrastructure projects such as paved walkways, drainage canals, and evacuation route signage. PADF will organize workshops in Guatemala and San Salvador, El Salvador, that will facilitate the exchange of lessons learned and best practices for disaster risk reduction among national and municipal governments and the communities they serve.