The Averted Disaster Award
The Averted Disaster Award is the premier recognition of successful disaster mitigation interventions that go unnoticed precisely because of their success. While the news often highlights catastrophes, they don’t focus on the buildings that stayed standing due to earthquake-resistant building codes, the wildfires avoided due to effective forest management, or the early-warning systems that saved lives in a typhoon. In the world of Disaster Risk Management (DRM), success means ‘nothing happens’ and as a result can cause policy makers and society at large to undervalue the importance of proactive intervention. The Averted Disaster Award sheds light on successes in DRM and ‘what might have been’ to recognize the outstanding work of those who invest in measures that keep our communities and world safe.
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Nominations for the 2023 Award are now closed
Nominations were received from all around the world highlighting a broad array of disaster mitigation interventions. Thank you to all who applied!
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Congratulations to the 2022 Winners
We are proud to present the documentary “Rivers of Hope”, a short film about the 2022 Averted Disaster Award winner, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, and their efforts in Forecast-based Financing. The ADA documentary is produced in conjunction with the Waterbear Network and Resilient Foundation. Read the Press Release here.
Bangladesh Red Crescent Society for Anticipatory Action and Forecast-based Financing in Bangladesh. Read more about the project here.