Nepal

  • Red Cross responder in Nepal with group of children
     

Helping in Nepal

Developing and Strengthening Community Level Disaster Response Teams

Nepal is one of the 20 most disaster-prone countries in the world. In recognition of the urgent need for local disaster responders throughout Nepal, the American Red Cross and Nepal Red Cross are developing and training community-level disaster response teams to increase the effectiveness and timeliness of responses thereby saving lives and assets. The CADRE (Community Action for Disaster Response) course aims to enhance existing community response capacity by augmenting basic and moderate technical disaster management skills so communities can better cope with both mass casualty as well as smaller-scale disasters. The project is designed to focus on specific local hazards relevant to vulnerable communities and trainings address topics such as basic life support, micro-mitigation measures, community incident command systems, and light search and rescue. The program will identify and train 576 CADRE volunteers from 96 communities in eight districts of Nepal and indirectly benefits more than 40,000 people.

Disaster Preparedness for Safer Schools in Nepal, Phase II

The American Red Cross has worked since late 2009 with the Nepal Red Cross and the National Society for Earthquake Technology to implement a school-based disaster preparedness program in 220 schools in Nepal – a country with extremely high earthquake risk. Through this project, students and teachers learn about local hazards and how they can prepare for disasters. Students and teachers then use what they learn to design and implement disaster preparedness and response plans in their schools. These plans include identifying specific vulnerabilities found in targeted schools, such as cracks in walls or unsafe and hazardous areas, and finding ways to reduce or mitigate the identified risks. Nearly 40,000 secondary school students, teachers and community members will directly benefit from this project. Secondary school students will also form Junior / Youth Red Cross clubs and conduct visits to local primary schools to raise awareness among an additional 220,000 students, teachers and community members.

Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response

In partnership with the Asia Disaster Preparedness Center, the American Red Cross has been working since mid-2009 to address disaster vulnerability in South and Southeast Asia through a strategic regional risk reduction program, the Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER). Through this regional disaster preparedness initiative, the American Red Cross is assisting Red Cross and Red Crescent national partners and other organizations in nine countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam) to help improve disaster preparedness. This work includes building community-level first responder capacity (including the capacity of the local Red Cross and Red Crescent societies) in disaster-prone communities by sharing essential disaster response skills, such as how to safely conduct light search and rescue activities and effectively triage wounded survivors of disasters or other local crises. At the same time, the project works to make community-based decision-making a key part of emergency response systems, ensuring that first responders and authorities are directly linked to community preparedness plans, enabling better-coordinated disaster responses. This program is partially funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) with supplemental funding from the American Red Cross. This project aims to train approximately 5,000 first responders who will be in a position to support millions of vulnerable people living across the nine countries encompassed in this program.

Strengthening Disaster Preparedness in South and Southeast Asia

In partnership with the Asia Disaster Preparedness Center, the American Red Cross has been working since mid-2009 to address disaster vulnerability in South and Southeast Asia through a strategic regional risk reduction program, the Program for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER). Through this regional disaster preparedness initiative, the American Red Cross is assisting Red Cross and Red Crescent national partners, including the Nepal Red Cross, and other organizations in nine countries to help improve disaster preparedness. This includes building community-level first responder capacity (including the capacity of the local Red Cross) in disaster-prone communities by sharing essential disaster response skills, such as how to safely conduct light search and rescue activities and effectively triage wounded survivors.

At the same time, the project works to make community-based decision-making a key part of emergency response systems, ensuring that first responders and authorities are directly linked to community preparedness plans, enabling better-coordinated disaster responses. This program is partially funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) with supplemental funding from the American Red Cross. This project aims to train approximately 5,000 first responders who will be in a position to support millions of vulnerable people living across the nine countries encompassed in this program.