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Preparation Is Half The Battle

Residents of Chhatisdebil in Orissa, India rehearse during a mock disaster drill. During the annual rainy season, areas of Orissa experience massive- and often deadly– flooding. Chhatisdebil is one of 75 villages along Orissa’s highly vulnerable coast. The Community Based Disaster Preparedness Project supported by Catholic Relief Services assists villagers in a comprehensive flood preparedness program.

“A key aspect of emergency response is working with high-risk communities before a disaster so they will be better able to cope when catastrophe strikes,” says CRS President Ken Hackett. In neighboring Bangladesh, CRS has similar disaster preparedness project that will reach nearly 61,000 people. See how you can support this project.

Photo by Amiran White for CRS

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