Disasters are not natural. They are human-made.
Although many disasters are triggered by natural processes like tornados and hurricanes, they are not "natural" themselves. Disasters occur because people live in situations of vulnerability that they either chose or were forced into. Housing built in floodplains, poor families living in unstable structures, utility systems with few redundancies, and single-industry economies are all vulnerable to risks and hazards, but are created by choices and systems that we make individually or collectively. At Recovery and Relief Services we believe that disaster resilience is an ongoing process that involves community development for vulnerable populations, and continual planning for the inevitable crises that emerge. Our team is composed of leaders in various planning fields, and we strive to support our clients in their individual contexts.
Examples of some our work can be found below. These include engagements that RRS completed on its own, as well as those completed with partners.