World Humanitarian Summit: From May 23 to May 24 in Istanbul, Turkey, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon initiated the first World Humanitarian Summit. The summit was convened at a time period when “protracted conflict, instability, and forced displacement are the defining features of the global landscape,” and when the growth of financial needs for these crises increases significantly. The summit thus urged world leaders, organizations, and others to take more actions to aid those needs as well as to prevent further human suffering.Read More
What is snow? Those who have lived in Colorado for awhile know….but what about African refugees who have never seen snow before? Do they have any inkling of the variety of challenges snow and cold weather can pose, from transportation snarls to power outages? And would they know how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe?
Refugees and migrants are often the most vulnerable populations during disasters. In addition to facing cultural and language barriers, refugees have a greater risk in the face of disasters because they may lack resources and many live in housing that is more likely to suffer catastrophic damage during a disaster. That’s why the Red Cross of Colorado has launched a new effort to train refugees and immigrants in emergency preparedness. The training helps participants understand what threats and disasters they might face here in Colorado and helps them prepare for and prevent those emergencies.Read More