World Habitat Day – Focus on Disaster Mitigation

Habitat for Humanity’s CEO is gathering assistance to improve disaster mitigation

What is more sustainable… Rebuilding quickly after each natural disaster, or building strong structures before disaster strikes?

World Habitat Day 2011 suggests disaster mitigationOne plan wastes the world’s resources and the other is the right thing to do. Jonathan T.M. Reckford, the chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International shared his thoughts on disaster mitigation to mark World Habitat Day.

His message included a list of initiatives and goals that we hear from many NGOs as they make statements concerning their progress. Statements that suggest that we be, “developing a pathway to permanence” when discussing disaster rebuilding efforts. And a plea to “ease the recovery burden on severely devastated areas worldwide”.

Habitat does great things around the world and I feel that Mr. Reckford is sincere in his desire to “gather business, government, policy, civic and relief organization leaders to work together on disaster mitigation”.

“But we know there is much more to do”, suggested the CEO.

It is the “much more” that we highlight here at CementTrust. Mitigating disaster will require much more work on the foundations of the reconstruction process. Much more effort to provide for a strong concrete infrastructure in developing nations. Without focused attention on fixing the concrete supply chain in these countries, we will always have a “recovery burden” to deal with. There is much more to do indeed…

The best pathway to a permanent solution for strong housing is to share better technology and tools in countries like Haiti. Sustainable construction practice are proven to work well in areas that benefit from good concrete production practices and well made cement-based materials.

We offer our assistance to Habitat for Humanity in mitigating disaster wherever possible.

The CementTrust team is ready to be gathered, Mr. Reckford…

Bruce Christensen is the author at CementTrust

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I am a director with Cement Trust and passionate about improving cement-based production in the poorest nations of the world.
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