FedEx Award for Innovations in Disaster Preparedness and InterAction's Annual Disaster Risk Reduction Day

The International Day for Disaster Reduction started in 1989 with the approval by the UN General Assembly as a way to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. InterAction has observed DRR Day in October for the past several years. Past events have focused on prevention of famine in the Horn of Africa, promoting disaster prevention and preparedness through games, and inclusion of people with disabilities.

The past two years, InterAction and FedEx have come together to present the FedEx Award for Innovations in Disaster Preparedness to recognize innovative interventions that reduces communities’ vulnerability to hazards or natural disasters and increases their capacity to prevent or cope with such adverse events. InterAction and FedEx aim to promote and share innovative ideas on how to improve disaster preparedness. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations implementing disaster preparedness interventions internationally are all welcome to apply. This award is presented at InterAction's annual DRR Day event in October.

The 2014 FedEx Award for Innovations In Disaster Preparedness

InterAction opened the submission window for the 2014 Award in July of 2014. Submissions were diverse and innovative. InterAction considers an innovation to be an approach or technique new to its context or setting that shows the potential to address the challenges in disaster situations and can therefore lead to safeguarding or improving people’s lives.You can explore a map, including links to each submission document, below. The winner will be announced on October 15, 2014. 

The 2013 FedEx Award for Innovations In Disaster Preparedness

The 2013 award was given to Habitat for Humanity for their project “Use of Mulberry Branches in Home Reconstruction, Retrofit and Repairin Tajikistan. To reduce earthquake damage to housing and consequent threats to lives, this program developed innovative technology using timber framing and mulberry branches to retrofit mud brick walls to withstand earthquakes. The first phase of the project provided training in eight communities in Tajikistan and installed the technology in more than 300 rural homes. Learn more about last year’s submissions through this interactive map.

Award Guidelines and Submission Window

The application window for the 2014 FedEx Award for Innovations in Disaster Preparedness is now closed. Please check back in July, 2015 for the 2015 award information. Please review the Application Form and the Submission Guidelines for more information.


“FedEx is proud to sponsor this award in order to help recognize and replicate innovative programs that strengthen

community resilience through disaster preparedness.”

Jack Muhs, President and CEO of FedEx Trade Networks, Inc.