More people across the world are becoming vulnerable to disasters, natural or man-made. Financial crises, political instability and wars are all taking their toll. In 2020, COVID-19 and climate-related disasters were to the fore with record temperatures, a 26% rise in storms and a 23% increase in floods, according to official reports*. The death tolls from droughts in Asia and Africa, heatwaves in Europe, wildfires in the USA and floods in Indonesia only tell a fraction of the story. Behind those are whole communities devastated, physically, emotionally and often financially.
Usually the first responders are the community affected and - with limited capacity and resources - they need help, as quickly as possible, to deal with the immediate aftermath and, later, to rebuild. It’s not simply up to governments and humanitarian organisations to step in and help; individuals and businesses can play a role, at home or overseas.
We have teamed up with the Disaster Management Group at Catalyst 2030, covering Readiness, Response and Recovery, to bring you a host of courses that can equip you to play your part. Catalyst 2030 is a global movement of social entrepreneurs and social innovators from all sectors who share the common goal of creating innovative, people-centric approaches to attain the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
Our courses cover a broad spectrum of subjects, from emergency situations to health and diseases, hazards, operations management and risk assessment, food safety, environmental management, finance and enterprise. They aim to equip you to become involved in disaster mitigation, preparing for the worst or helpful in the recovery operation. These free courses could help you to help yourself or others, wherever you are in the world.
*EM-DAT: The OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database.