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When it comes to disasters, they don’t actually come at times that are convenient because disasters never are. Luckily, there are some great companies that specialize in disaster relief services that are always there to save the day. In this spirit, here are some facts about disasters that you may not be aware of.

1. The term disaster relief can refer to a wide range of things including earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and other such natural disasters. There are also other things which fit into that category including the AIDS epidemic, plane crashes, and other such non-manmade disasters.

2. Disasters are extremely costly. In fact, between the years of 2000 and 2012, disasters actually cost the human population and its various governments a grand total of nearly $2 trillion. It also affected almost 3 billion people all over the world. Of those 3 billion affected, nearly 2 million people were actually killed. This is why it is so important for humanitarian groups to assist in disaster relief when the destruction comes.

3. Some of the biggest reasons that disasters occur are because of such things as uncontrolled population growth, the change in climate, and the degradation of the environment. Unfortunately, the parts of the world that are affected the most by natural and man-made disasters are generally those who are the most susceptible to the destruction which comes from them. This essentially means that it is the poorest countries being affected.

As you can see, there are many great ways why disaster relief groups are so important to those who are in the greatest of need. By donating time, money or both, the organizations can continue to function at the top of their game. This is the way it has been and really needs to be the way that continues to be.