In July 2018, western Japan experienced once-in-decades torrential rains, which led to widespread flooding and landslides. Eight months on from CWS intense engagement in immediate response activities, many families have yet to fully recover from the disaster, and no families will ever be the same after the devastation. So, while follow-up with families through partner organizations continues, CWS Japan has published a report about key lessons we want to share widely. First, we want to share with communities in Japan. The report is also for civil servants (government) and civil society groups, like CWS and other non-government organizations. The lessons are not just for Japan; they are universal. With lessons learned from the Mabi response, we know we can all mitigate future disaster risks better. “Lessons from Mabi” captures 10 lessons in the areas of risk communication, infrastructure measures, early warning, evacuation and emergency behaviors, volunteer management, emergency health care, temporary shelter operations, early recovery planning, and community perceptions and behavior.
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