Every year cyclones, floods and monsoon storms strike Bangladesh and destroy houses, lives and livelihoods. Habitat seeks to mitigate or reduce not only the devastating effect of a disaster, but also to protect families and strengthen homes against future calamities. This mitigation work takes the form of offering Habitat expertise and Habitat loans to rebuild or renovate to higher standards with quality materials and designs, strengthening the structures of existing homes, providing technical training, and teaching families and communities how best to prepare for and respond to a disaster.
The Habitat Community-Based Disaster Mitigation program mobilizes local communities to form village disaster management committees that actively prepare for and respond to disasters. HFH Bangladesh has developed guidelines for training and educating susceptible communities on how to protect themselves and their property by mitigating the impact disasters can have before they occur. Habitat trains community members on how to build and strengthen their homes to be disaster-resilient with low-cost materials. HFH Bangladesh also encourages and trains village disaster management committees to oversee long-term disaster mitigation and response programs.