Nine out of ten Red Cross and Red Crescent disaster responses are to what we call ‘silent disasters’. These types of disasters rarely – if ever - reach international headlines.
Every day, the Red Cross and Red Crescent responds to all disasters—big or small—and also works alongside people to help them prepare for a future where disasters are likely to be more frequent.
In February and March 2013, the IFRC, our Red Cross partners in Europe and the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) joined together to respond to recent silent disasters and how we are preparing people not only for the headline-grabbing disasters, but also the more frequent silent disasters.
These disasters are anything but silent to those who must live with their effects.