Disaster Prevention and Relief Grants

Major or minor disasters and calamities are events that cannot be altogether prevented. They come naturally and even without warning at times. Hurricane Katrina is a veritable example of what may happen. Disaster may cause massive damage to any place; no matter how prepared they may think they are.

The losses that accompany a major calamity cause not only physical pain but emotional trauma as well to the people who experience it. Death, damage to or loss of properties and the seeming inevitability of these disasters can make people feel hopeless and helpless. Without immediate and proper aid, these people may feel anger and resentment toward the government that is supposed to protect them.

Disaster Prevention and Relief grants therefore, are necessary for the government to award. The funding allows leverage in the face of disaster, no matter how big the damage may be. These grants provide the opportunity for optimism that any situation can be handled with utmost readiness and that the tragedy can be beat.

Disaster Prevention and Relief grants are subdivided into categories. The categories help ensure that funding is not siphoned into just one area of relief or prevention. Each of the categories plays a major role in the complete management of any emergency situation.

Researches for the development of better equipment or ways to detect potential weather disturbances, for the development of better equipment or ways to detect potential seismologic activities and for a faster and more effective deployment procedure in relief operations are awarded grants.

Aside from researches, the construction of edifices that may help in the control of disasters and calamities – such as dykes, fire retardant school and office buildings, evacuation centers, etc – can also be funded by grants. Finally, in any disaster situation, counseling of traumatized victims is a must. Therefore, Disaster Prevention and Relief grants are also awarded to groups that participate in advice and counseling activities in emergency situations.