In 2008 China experienced two natural disasters: snowstorms that halted mass transportation across the nation, leaving millions stranded and the Sichuan Earthquake that left thousands dead and entire cities leveled. Since then much has been done in the country to improve the disaster response and prevention. As one person said, China is disaster prone with earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, typhoons and droughts a regular occurrence. Vice Premier Hui Liangyu admitted, “the disaster reduction situation is still arduous as various natural disasters are frequent in China.” In recent history, the government has shown consistent dedication to reform the nation’s disaster plan. Here, I take a look at new initiatives and, in particular, the effects of the Sichuan Earthquake on China’s disaster relief strategy.