Emergency relief

Emergency relief is the immediate response to disaster events. There is generally a need to act quickly in order to save lives. However, as the situation becomes stabilised the nature of the response changes to that of reconstruction.

This section of Practical Answers looks at the resources available to assist in the immediate aftermath of an event. Practical Action is not an emergency relief organisation and consequently most information in this section will originate from other organisations

Engineering in Emergencies Practical Action Publishing
Engineering in Emergencies is produced by Practical Action Publishing in collaboration with the agency RedR-IHE -- Engineers for Disaster Relief / International Health Exchange.

Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis Toolkit Albu Mike, Practical Action Publishing
Markets are a crucial component of how people survive. Understanding how markets are functioning and disrupted in emergencies is critical to any analysis of hunger, and to food and livelihood security.

All in Diary http://www.allindiary.org/ For use in disaster situations and specifically aimed at field based humanitarian workers in international and local NGOs. Contains information on; humanitarian principles, managing projects, working with communities and managing people.

K4Health Haiti Relief Toolkit http://www.k4health.org/toolkits/haiti_relief provides technical and practical information that will help health workers respond to the earthquake relief efforts underway in Haiti. It includes a wide range of topics including; food security, water & sanitation, Shelter, and Logistics and Coordination.

Sanitation and Health in Emergencies

WEDC http://wedc.lboro.ac.uk/

WHO http://www.who.int/

Hesperian Foundation http://www.hesperian.org/

Health Materials Available in Haitian Creole

Health Materials Available for Pakistan

  • Where There is No Doctor Haitian Creole edition (23.25MB pdf)
    Where There Is No DoctorSindhi edition
  • Also available as a printed book through Hesperian partners:

    4 The World Resource Distributers
    Tel: 417-862-4448
    Fax: 417-863-9994

    UNICEF Global WASH Cluster
    Cluster provides an open formal platform for all emergency WASH actors and working together, the development of a workplan which addresses the key gaps as identified both by those key actors, but also verification from the field.

    Shelter in Emergencies

    Shelter Centre http://www.sheltercentre.org/
    A non-governmental organisation which supports the sector of humanitarian operations that responds to the transitional settlement and reconstruction needs of populations affected by conflicts and natural disasters, from the emergency phase until durable solutions are reached.

    Help the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative understand if/how improved biomass cookstoves can be better supported in humanitarian settings. To inform this work HHI would like to hear from individuals/organisations who currently work in humanitarian settings, whether or not they are currently working on cookstoves/indoor fuel

    HHI has produced a short survey which should take 10-20 minutes to be completed, depending on your responses. The aim is to identify what supports successful programming alongside priorities for research and other supporting activities.

    How do I complete the survey?
    Please click on this link to complete the web-based survey

    Who should complete the survey?
    An individual with knowledge of your organisation's shelter/non-food cluster activities, or a dedicated indoor fuel lead if you are aware of one in your organisation

    About The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
    HHI fosters interdisciplinary collaboration at Harvard University in order to improve the effectiveness of humanitarian strategies for relief, protection, and prevention; instil human rights principles and practices in these strategies; and educate and train the next generation of humanitarian leaders. In 2005, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative was established as a University-wide interfaculty academic and research centre, supported by the Office of the Provost and the Harvard School of Public Health with the participation of faculty from Harvard schools and affiliated hospitals. For more information, visit www.hhi.harvard.edu.

    Temporary Shelter for Tsunami Victims
    Temporary Shelter for Tsunami Victims

    A temporary shelter for displaced people, using a timber frame, with GI sheets as the roofing material, and plastic sheet for wall cladding.
    Practical Action South Asia and the Centre for Housing Planning and Buildings designed

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