FedEx Recognizes Innovations in Disaster Preparedness at InterAction’s DRR Day 2014

Photo By: Julie Montgomery

Shelter accounts for the highest monetary loss in climate related disasters, and is often the single largest asset owned by individuals and families. How do low-income families avoid these losses and invest in resilient housing? On International Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Day, Oct. 15, FedEx joined InterAction in presenting the FedEx Award for Innovations in Disaster Preparedness for a project that is successfully tackling this very real challenge.

ISET-International, the 2014 FedEx Award recipient, is working to ensure adoption of climate resilient shelter designs through their project Sheltering From a Gathering Storm. They discovered that resilient housing designs can cost-effectively reduce losses by vulnerable communities due to floods, storms, and high peak daily temperatures. Available technologies must be paired with affordable finance and training of those building and designing the homes.

ISET-International was recognized for its achievement as part of InterAction’s annual DRR Day in Washington, DC. This year’s DRR Day convened leaders from civil society, the U.S. government, the private sector, and the World Bank to discuss what preparedness means; how to create better prepared, and ultimately more resilient, communities; and ways we can all work better together to holistically approach preparedness.

Through the FedEx Award for Innovations in Disaster Preparedness, InterAction and FedEx recognize innovative interventions that reduce communities’ vulnerability to hazards or natural disasters and increase their capacity to prevent or cope with such adverse events. The award includes $10,000 to support the winning project.

Explore this interactive map of the 2014 FedEx Award for Innovations in Disaster Preparedness applicants and finalists.