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Disasters ball game: Understanding shocks and stresses

Game to encourage groups to think about the types of disasters that affect their lives

2016 Available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese

A man making a Gabion to stop landslides in a Village in Nepal

From: Reveal toolkit: Disaster risk management

Tools that help communities to prepare for, respond to, or reduce the impact of potential hazards and disasters

Shocks are sudden (and sometimes seasonal) events that have a negative impact and could lead to a disaster, such as floods, droughts or outbreaks of disease or violence.

Stresses are changes that happen over a longer time that increases a community’s vulnerability. For example, the loss of ground water, polluted soil, climate change or political instability.

Disasters occur when people are unable to cope with the impact of such shocks and stresses.

This activity helps groups to reflect on the different types of events that can cause a disaster, the impact they can have, and to start planning what the community might do to prevent disasters.

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