Disaster Management

  • Disaster Management

    Rwanda Red Cross assists the government in various humanitarian activities regarding the prevention of disasters during peacetime as well as in armed conflicts.

    Some of these disasters are often natural like floods, landslides, famine, displacements of people and earthquakes. The big range of these activities is assigned to Rwanda Red Cross owing to its experience in disaster management.

    The disaster management program is comprised of three components:

    • Disaster preparedness
    • Disaster risk reduction
    • Disaster response and recovery.

    It is in this respect that the Rwanda Red Cross Society is aimed at strengthened community resilience in developing effective disaster preparedness, risk reduction and management strategies to address potential emergency situations.

    DM activities are carried out countrywide through all the 30 branches. A number of cells concentrates efforts towards community resilience that are selected on the basis of vulnerability criteria and community resilience programs, disaster risks reduction and management activities focused on threats identified locally were implemented. Major DM activites include;

    ▪ Capacity building/ trainings in the following domains:

    • Strengthening Branch Disaster Response Teams
    • Strengthening National Disaster Response Teams
    • Simulation exercises at branch/district and national level
    • Training in stock and warehouse management
    • Training in water rescue
    • Training in general Disaster Management (DM)
    • Training in ambulance management
    • Training in the use of communication equipment

    ▪ Establishing nursery beds, promotion of Charcoal briquettes, and tree planting in Districts, in order to promote Environmental protection
    ▪ Training NDRTS, BDRTs, and LDRTS volunteers participated in interventions after disasters: Floods, landslides, etc. Teams were able to provide Response to Emergency operation during 72 Hrs
    ▪ Strengthening the communication Network among volunteers during disasters
    ▪ Distributing livestock/rotations, vegetables seeds, constructed kitchen gardens that improved livelihood and community resilience
    ▪ In the framework of Disaster Response, Rwanda Red Cross Society provides shelters to the vulnerable after disasters
    ▪ Strengthening LDRTs (establishment, training and equipment), DM and first aid
    ▪ Meeting of LDRTs at regular intervals to plan and implement community awareness and preparedness programmes
    ▪ Assessing the disaster risks at community level and elaborate plans to mitigate and respond to them
    ▪ Building a communication channel from field to district and through to HQs
    ▪ Linking with local authorities and other partners to strengthen preparedness mechanisms
    ▪ Sensitization and education of communities for effective preparedness
    ▪ Transport means
    ▪ Promoting internal and external learning through exchanges:
    o Exchanges between BDRTs and LDRTs
    o Exchanges with the foreign national societies
    ▪ Strengthening partnerships with external stakeholders:
    o With Ministry of Emergency Management
    o With Ministry of Health (on referral hospitals and ambulance services)
    o With Meteorological Agency on weather forecasts
    o With Insurance Companies (on health insurance)