Services for the disaster affected

The provision of services to disaster survivors can be grouped into four main categories:

The timely and appropriate provision of these essential services is intended to stabilize the physical and emotional condition of the affected population, preventing further loss of life and acting as the basis for future recovery. It is easy to see how the different services are interrelated: providing food to destitute disaster victims doesn’t make sense unless they also have the water, stove, fuel and cooking sets needed to cook the food or the means to eat it; water and sanitation are critical in maintaining health and preventing the spread of disease. The relative importance of one or other of them can change over time during the emergency phase, depending on needs and available resources.

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