Country: Americas

Haiti Recovery Operation Summary of the Plan of Action – July 2011 – December 2012

Revised Plan of Action Summary that clearly articulates IFRC secretariat actions moving forward as of July 2011. It continues to use a ‘pillar’ approach but the structure has been simplified to minimize overlap and duplication found in the three-pillar configuration of the 2010 Plan of Action. It also reflects a minimized role for IFRC in HRC core services …

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Resilient Cities: Reestablishing Communities Post-Disaster

Article exploring the role of community-driven recovery and redevelopment, using the example of post-earthquake recovery in Haiti. This Big City, September 2013. Resilient Cities: Reestablishing Communities Post-Disaster http://ht.ly/oUAoO

Ready When the Time Comes

Overview of American Red Cross program to tap into the corporate sector’s expertise by training employees from partnering corporations and mobilizing them as a community-based volunteer force when disaster strikes. Ready When the Time Comes http://www.redcross.org/supporters/corporate-foundations/ready-when-the-time-comes

Responding to urban disasters: Learning from previous relief and recovery operations (ALNAP, 2012)

This 2012 ALNAP paper on urban lessons was written by David Sanderson, Paul Knox-Clarke and Leah Campbell and builds off a prior 2009 study written by Ian O’Donnell, Kristin Smart and Ben Ramalingam. It offers lessons pertaining to effective design and implementation of urban-response programs. It was written to serve as a practical field resource for international disaster management professionals, …

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Beneficiary Communication and Accountability: A responsibility, not a choice (Lessons learned and recommendations from Indonesia, Haiti and Pakistan)

This document highlights the work that needs to be undertaken internally within the Red Cross Red Crescent to mainstream our approach to establish or maintain strong two-way communication and feedback within the communities we serve; including experimenting, training, strengthening and building on already established two-way communication mechanisms. To realize this crucial approach existing systems and processes will also need to reflect how …

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Review and Systematization of Disaster Preparedness Experiences in Urban Areas In the Caribbean Region

“Oxfam’s portfolio of urban disaster risk reduction projects in the Caribbean region are at the forefront of current practice. They offer an opportunity to review outputs, practice and lessons learned for Oxfam and the wider DRR community. This report aims to take that opportunity. Specifically it presents a review of DRR work in four urban …

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Volcanic Hazard Maps Improve Disaster Preparedness in Colombia

A case study on the importance of effective visualization tools in disaster preparedness, such as volcanic hazard maps, which help public officials and citizens prepare for volcanic emergencies. Volcanic Hazard Maps Improve Disaster Preparedness in Colombia http://geospatial.intergraph.com/Libraries/CaseStudies/Volcanic_Hazard_Maps_Improve_Disaster_Preparedness_in_Colombia.sflb.ashx

Disasters in the Americas: The case for legal preparedness

A set of case studies that highlight the importance of adequately facilitating and regulating outside international humanitarian assistance in the event of natural disasters. Case studies include the following examples: Dominican Republic law encourages civil society empowerment Preparing Colombia to better manage international assistance Earthquake law eases recovery in Chile IFRC, 2011. Disasters in the …

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