How to Prepare

Hurricane Irene caused widespread power outages

Hurricane Irene caused widespread power outages

A guide to prepare for natural disaster and how to respond

According the World Health Organization, almost 1.8 million people die each year due to diarrheal disease alone. Almost 1 out of every 6 people on earth lack access to clean water, two-thirds of which live in Asia.

Although hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters can cause widespread damage and fatalities, drought is one of the biggest problems because it usually triggers malnutrition and famine across whole countries. 1.4 billion people, or 1 in 4, live in extreme poverty, which is defined as living on less than $1.25 each day. More than 30% of child deaths on earth are caused by under nutrition. About 1 in every 5 deaths of a child under 5 can be prevented with proper nutrition. Organizations like 1Response work to fight these problems around the world with donations from caring individuals.