How We Work
Three Ways That GHI Makes Communities Safer
In threatened communities, GHI publishes earthquake preparedness checklists and educational leaflets that describe the possible consequences of likely earthquakes in lay terms. GHI organizes workshops and gives interviews on radio, newspaper, and TV. GHI contributes feature stories to local press and inaugurates annual earthquake days. GHI interviews survivors of large earthquakes, in order to preserve and to share their experiences.
BUILDING LOCAL INSTITUTIONS
Working with local groups, GHI produces comprehensive, consensus-driven earthquake risk management action plans. GHI provides books and journals to local technical libraries, curricula to schools, and training for journalists and earthquake risk specialists. GHI has established an online network of earthquake risk management experts in more than 70 cities around the world. In response to GHI initiatives, the mayors of Kathmandu, Nepal and Quito, Ecuador have established municipal Disaster Management Offices, while the Tibetan government in exile has undertaken seismic safety work to safeguard its Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India.
Using local resources, a GHI project improved the earthquake safety of existing schools in Quito, Ecuador. That project resulted in a new, improved design for future school building construction throughout the country, and in earthquake safety training for parents, teachers, and children. In Kathmandu, GHI’s project evaluated the seismic vulnerability of schools, organized informational seminars for school principals, produced supplements concerning earthquake safety to the school curriculum, and has resulted in more than 30 seismically strengthened (“retrofitted”) schools. A GHI project in Delhi, India has focused on school building retrofits and on developing earthquake safety training manuals for teachers, students and parents. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development created a school earthquake safety program as a result of a GHI initiative.
“I want to thank GHI for conducting this project with the greatest respect for the needs of Quito, and for the sensitivity with which you handled political matters related to earthquake safety plans.”