Strengthening Regional Disaster Response Teams
The American Red Cross is working to reinforce disaster response efforts of the Red Cross partners in East Asia and the Pacific by supporting trainings for Regional Disaster Response Teams. These teams of Red Cross responders are specifically designed to ensure neighboring countries are ready to assist when the local Red Cross lacks the resources to respond alone. The trainings bring together staff and volunteers from numerous Red Cross partners and give them a common training so that, when the time comes, they can both help with disaster responses in their own countries and seamlessly integrate into the lifesaving work performed by their colleagues in nearby countries.
By supporting these trainings, along with human resource databases and other management tools used by the Red Cross to support the deployment and management of these teams, the American Red Cross is helping to ensure that its counterparts in East Asia and the Pacific are ready to respond when a major disaster strikes. In 2011 and 2012, staff from the Red Cross and Red Crescent partners in the following countries are benefiting from this initiative: Bangladesh, Cook Islands, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Liberia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.