The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

October 13 is International Day for Disaster Reduction

This Sunday, October 13, 2013, is International Day for Disaster Reduction.

"The International Day for Disaster Reduction [IDDR] started in 1989 with the approval by the United Nations General Assembly. The UN General Assembly sees International Day as a way to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. Originally celebrated on the second Wednesday of October, the UN General Assembly decided in 2009 to designate October 13th as the date to celebrate IDDR.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction is a day to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of DRR. It's also a day to encourage every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations. [...]

This year the focus of the International Day for Disaster Reduction [...] is on some one billion people around the world who live with some form of disability. Representing one-fifth of the world's population, persons living with disabilities have unique contributions, often overlooked, to help reduce the risk of disasters and build resilient societies and communities."

A total of ten documents related to the 2013 IDDR theme are now available for viewing on the PreventionWeb website.

For more information on IDDR, visit the website of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.