"Disasters are becoming increasingly costly in terms of lives and destruction," said Melisa Bodenhamer, World Vision's expert in DRR. "There must be a paradigm shift in the way that organizations think about development work, but the goal is to be systematic about building up the resiliency of communities before a disaster hits. DRR activities can help reduce the toll on human lives and government budgets. In fact, research has shown that every $1 spent on disaster risk reduction activities saves nearly $7 in emergency response funds."
World Vision will release a full report on its DRR call-to-action for the global community in Bangkok on 6 October 2009 at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference.
For a copy of the report or to speak to World Vision's disaster risk reduction experts, please contact Laura Blank at +1.646.245.2496 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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