Due to its location, Mexico is exposed to different natural phenomena that pose a risk to its people:
- Hurricanes, floods and earthquakes cause 89% of the deaths and 93% of economic losses related to natural disasters each year.
- Two-thirds of the country and more than 37 million people face the constant risk of experiencing a large-scale earthquake in the next ten years.
- Mexico is one of the countries most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change: 15% of its territory, 68% of its population and 71% of its GDP are exposed to risks associated to climate change.
Fundación AXA México is working with governmental institutions, civil society organizations, academia and the private sector to identify and initiate projects that help people, communities and cities in the country to increase their resilience.
Among our main actions is the formalization of an alliance with the Mexican Red Cross in 2016 to analyze and initiate projects designed to mitigate common risks that can save lives and help protect the most vulnerable.
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: in 2017 Fundación AXA México, the Mexican Red Cross and the Mexico City Government organized a free training course in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (RCP for its initials in Spanish) open to the general public called “Reanimando Corazones Salvamos Vidas”. 13,000 people were trained on May 7th at the Revolution Monument in Mexico City. This event invited children, women, young people and adults to learn a simple technique to help save lives in case of a cardiopulmonary arrest.
We also work hand in hand with the Coordinación Nacional de Protección Civil y el Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres (CENAPRED) [National Civil Protection Agency and National Disaster Prevention Center] to design projects that decrease the risks of natural disasters.
Since 2011, Fundación AXA México has acted swiftly to confront emergencies caused by different natural phenomena: Hurricane “Jova” in Jalisco (2011), floods in Tabasco and Veracruz (2011), earthquake in Guerrero (2012), forest fires in San Luis Potosí (2013), storms “Ingrid” and “Manuel” (2013), Hurricane “Odile” in Baja California (2014), Hurricane “Patricia” in Jalisco (2015), earthquakes of September 7 and 19 in Oaxaca and Mexico City (2017).