Disaster Risk Reduction

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Disaster-prone developing countries, in particular the least developed countries, small island developing states, landlocked developing countries and African countries, as well as countries facing specific challenges such as war and other types of internal instability, warrant particular attention in view of their higher vulnerability and risk levels, which often greatly exceed their capacity to respond to and recover from disasters. Such vulnerability requires the urgent strengthening of international cooperation and ensuring genuine and durable partnerships at the regional and international levels in order to support developing countries to establish sustainable networks and structures of resilience. Safe Waters Foundation aims at providing support to mitigate these challenges globally together with its partners, especially in regard of, but not limited to, water related issues. Safe Waters Foundation can support projects with, for example;

  • To prepare or review and periodically update disaster preparedness and contingency policies, plans and programmes with the involvement of the relevant institutions, considering among other things climate change scenarios and their impact on disaster risk;
  • Develop, manage, maintain and strengthen forecasting,- and early warning systems, disaster risk and emergency communications mechanisms, social technologies and hazard-monitoring telecommunications systems and to develop such systems through a participatory process. Tailor them to the needs of users, including social and cultural requirements. Promote the application of simple and low-cost early warning equipment and facilities and broaden release channels for natural disaster early warning information;
  • Establishment and safeguarding of new and existing critical infrastructure, including water, transportation and telecommunications infrastructure, educational facilities, hospitals and other health facilities, to ensure that they remain safe, effective and operational during and after disasters in order to provide live-saving and essential services;
  • Provision and promotion of public awareness and the stockpiling of necessary materials to implement rescue and relief activities;
  • Train the existing workforce and voluntary workers in disaster response and strengthen technical and logistical capacities to ensure better response in emergencies;
  • Manage regular disaster preparedness, response and recovery exercises, including evacuation drills, training and the establishment of area-based support systems, with a view to ensuring rapid and effective response to disasters and related displacement;
  • Provide the capacity to local authorities to evacuate persons living in disaster-prone areas;
  • Managerial and operational Rapid Reaction capacity;
  • Last mile expeditionary logistics and relief supply;

 

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