Indonesia is a disaster-prone country, suffering from recurrent shocks such as earthquakes, drought and internal conflict. By incorporating disaster risk reduction methods into our programming, CARE helps people develop sustainable methods to prepare for, respond to and reduce the impact of disasters.
CARE has extensive experience in responding to emergencies, including the 2004 Asian Tsunami, and more recently to earthquakes in Central Java and West Sumatra, volcanic eruptions in Central Java, drought in eastern Indonesia, and annual flooding in Jakarta.
We help people respond, prepare, and recover from disasters
CARE is amongst the first to arrive and the last to leave during a humanitarian crisis.
During a disaster, we coordinate with other aid agencies, governments and local organizations to meet the many immediate needs of affected people. This includes ensuring that people have enough to eat, a roof over their head, clean water and adequate hygiene supplies, and receive assistance for their sexual and reproductive health.
After the emergency phase has passed, CARE works with communities to rebuild in the long term. This includes ensuring there is permanent housing and recovery of livelihoods.
We also work with communities to help them prepare for future crises. Together we assess risks, analyse shifting weather patterns and put evacuation plans in place. Preparedness is key: it reduces risks and mitigates the magnitude of a disasters impact.