Response is the offering of emergency services and public aid during or soon after a disaster to save lives, limit health impacts, protect public safety, and meet the basic subsistence needs of those impacted.

Disaster response is frequently referred to as “disaster relief” because it is primarily focused on immediate and short-term needs. There isn’t a clear line between this response stage and the succeeding recovery stage. Some response efforts, such as providing temporary housing and water, may last well into the recovery phase.


  • HG (2020, February 22). Common Terminologies (A-z) Of Disaster Risk Reduction & Management. Humanitarian Global. Retrieved December 6, 2023, from Link


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