2018 was a great year for CCRET.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix has asked us to continue giving classes on their campus for 2019. We have also secured a venue in Gilbert for 2019 classes.

The Halloween fundraiser this year raised nearly $1700 for local school music programs. Thanks to everyone who donated.

The Center for Community Resilience, Education, and Training is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We are committed to bringing the highest-quality preparedness training to the public.

is to Create Community Resiliency through Quality Education and Training.

is to provide Emergency Preparedness Training for the general public at little or no cost.

is to provide a positive learning environment, free of fear and bias.

is preparedness is the responsibility of, we the people, as individuals, to take simple steps to better endure situations large and small.

According to the Emergency Events Database, maintained by the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED), since 1900, we have seen a tremendous increase in the number of natural disasters reported. From the early 1900s to the early 1940s, the number of disasters has remained fairly consistent. Starting about 1950, we have seen a near J-curve increase in the number of incidents reported. The chart below shows this increase (click for larger image).

Natural Disasters reported 1900 - 2011
EM-DAT: The OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database – www.emdat.be, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels (Belgium)

A common notion for this increase is the better communications enabled by the industrial, and again in the digital age. Due to this better, and recently, near-instantaneous communication, we could assume that the number of disasters has remained constant, but we’re simply more aware of them.

When we look at the people aspect of these disasters, we see that the number of people affected by these disasters has also risen. Part of this increase can be attributed to the increase in population across the globe. We have also seen in increase in technology, which leads to safer structures and better warning systems. Yet even with the technological advancements, we are seeing in dramatic increase in the number of people affected by natural disasters.


EM-DAT: The OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database – www.emdat.be, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels (Belgium)
EM-DAT: The OFDA/CRED International Disaster Database – www.emdat.be, Université Catholique de Louvain, Brussels (Belgium)

The spikes in this chart show the large increase in people affected by major disasters in the past 50 years.

Though the first chart shows a slight decline in the number of disaster reported, we are still experiencing a greater number of disasters than we have previously experienced, even 2 or 3 decades ago. As various studies have shown, preparedness, prevention, and mitigation can lessen the impact to people affected by disasters.

We at the Center for Community Resilience Education and Training believe that we can strengthen our communities, making them more resilient to the effects of disaster, through education on disaster preparedness. Every community in the United States face risks from multitudes of natural and technological disasters.

The common principles of disaster preparedness is an ongoing theme in our training courses, laying the ground work for basic preparedness, as well as more complex scenarios, such as those involving pandemic viruses or catastrophic power outages. By reaching out to communities and educating people on emergency preparedness and how to be better able to take care of themselves, their family, and those in their neighborhood, our communities will be better prepared to face the challenges associated with disasters.