Prepare Central Asia: Urban Earthquake Preparedness Initiative
Central Asia faces an extremely high risk for devastating earthquakes; seismologists in the region predict a high likelihood of a severe earthquake affecting population centers like Almaty, Kazakhstan, within the next 15 years. In partnership with local Red Crescent partners in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, the American Red Cross is helping reduce the impact of future disasters on vulnerable people in Central Asia. The program is helping prepare residents to survive and recover following a catastrophic earthquake through activities such as enhancing the ability of local Red Crescent partners to build networks with government and civil society, implementing community-based trainings, and organizing community-wide events for disseminating valuable preparedness information, with the aim of ensuring that at least one member of every household will have a basic level of preparedness for an earthquake. These activities all help to reduce the vulnerability of people living in Central Asia and increase the ability of local Red Crescent partners to respond when disaster strikes. A total of 20,000 people across the region are expected to benefit from this program.