The difference between suffering an emergency, a disaster, or in extreme cases a catastrophe is largely determined by the level and effectiveness of its pre-event exposure management and vulnerability reduction, particularly hazard-aware land use, building standards, and lifeline protection, together with post-event community response and resilience. Below are Disaster Risk Reduction success stories representing a wide array of interventions from around the world, including natural resources management, physical infrastructure, indigenous knowledge, community insurance mechanisms, and water management solutions.