20 +10 National Disaster Prevention Day Promotes Community Resilience

The Mustard Seed Mission Holds Safe City Carnivals to Promote Community Disaster Prevention
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NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan - Sept. 21, 2019 - PRLog -- Today is the 20th anniversary of the 921 earthquake (September 21, 1999), and this year is also the 10th anniversary of the Typhoon Morakot. The Mustard Seed Mission participates in the "20+10" series events of Taiwan Executive Yuan (Review and future plans of the 20th anniversary of the 921 earthquake and the 10th anniversary of the Typhoon Morakot), holding "Safe City Carnival" in four cities (Taipei, Taichung, Tainan and Hualien). Cooperating with local governments and resources, via interesting games and various events, The Mustard Seed Mission aims to achieve the goal of resilience community.

The "Safe City Carnival" is jointly directed by the Disaster Prevention Office of the Executive Yuan, the New Taipei City Government, the Taichung City Government, the Tainan City Government, and the Hualien County Government. Hosted by The Mustard Seed Mission and co-hosted by the Disaster Relief Foundation, the 4 events have a total of more than 100 booths; including self-reliant families and communities from the Typhoon Morakot and the 921 earthquake. In addition, Zhongzhi Tribe, located in Wulai District, New Taipei City, was hit by Typhoon Soudelor in 2015; the residents bring their self-grown fruits and vegetables for sale.

Typhoons, torrential rains, earthquakes, fires are the major natural disasters in Taiwan. According to the World Bank's report "Natural Disaster Hotspots Global Risk Analysis" (2005), about 73% of Taiwan's population live in the area which may hit by three or more types of disasters. More than 90% of this island is affected by two kinds of disasters. Therefore, Taiwan may be one of the most disaster vulnerable countries in the world.

The Mustard Seed Mission devotes into community work, including aboriginal villages and remote areas; promoting community disaster prevention and cultivation in the areas of Tainan North Gate, New Taipei City Wulai Zhongzhi Tribe, and Kaohsiung Jiading. CEO Wu Xiao-Ping said that through the participation of community residents, the community's sense of belonging and cohesiveness will be enhanced. In addition, The Mustard Seed Mission holds disaster prevention camps for children to cultivate their concept of disaster prevention. It also provides internship opportunities to the social work department of Chang Jung University to encourage young people to participate in the community disaster prevention work.

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