Islamic Relief classifies ‘disaster’ as a serious disruption of the functioning of a community or society, involving widespread human, material, economic or environment losses and impacts, which exceed the capacity of the affected community to cope. We work to minimise the impact of disaster.

Our disaster resilience work comprises:

  • Disaster Risk Reduction: analysing and managing the causes of disasters, including reduced exposure to hazards, and lessened vulnerability of people and property.
  • Preparedness: knowledge and capacity of governments, organisations, communities and individuals to anticipate, respond to and recover from hazards.
  • Adaptation: adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected hazards.
  • Resilience: The ability of a system, community or society to resist, absorb, accommodate and recover from hazards in a timely and efficient way.