India is known to be one of the most disaster prone countries in the world, 23 out of 29 states are multi-disaster prone regions. Over 40 million hectare of land has been identified as flood prone. About 57% of the total area is vulnerable to earthquake of varying intensities. The Indian Ocean is one among the six key cyclone-prone regions of the world. The coromandel coastal line is more prone - about 80% of the total cyclones generated in the region hit here.
Every year in India, millions of people were affected by natural disasters. These disasters leave people traumatised by the death of family and friends, their lives devastated by their loss of livelihood. The impact is high and it has been increasing dramatically in the last few decades in terms of number of people affected and the length of time they are affected for. This trend is expected to keep rising in coming years.
To deal with disasters, there is an urgent need of local institution, which can play a pro-active role in disaster management. This resulted in the establishment of Rapid Response, a registered Indian charity dedicated to provide disaster response and preparedness.