The proportion of the world population experiencing disasters is increasing - and most of all in the developing world.
This is one trend emerging from a Red Cross report, published this week.
The charity wants its latest World Disasters Report to promote the importance of disaster-preparedness among international governments and aid agencies.
"In the developing world, the mass movement of populations from rural areas to new mega-cities has increased their exposure to risks such as earthquakes and mudslides,
said a Red Cross spokesman.
The organisation wants to educate donors to not just give in the wake of disasters but support capacity-building overseas to mitigate the effect of future disasters.