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Urban disasters: Red Cross societies plan for the future

2 June 2014

Seven Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies joined forces to plan for urban disasters at a unique event in Nepal.

Experts with vast experience of helping people affected by floods, earthquakes and other major emergencies – including last year’s catastrophic Typhoon Haiyan, which affected millions of people in the Philippines - gathered to share best practice over three days in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Representatives from seven Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies discussed how to prepare local communities for emergencies and how to deliver effective aid to people when disaster strikes.

From cash transfers to first aid skills

Key topics included how new technology, such as text messages, can help before and after a disaster and when it might be better to give emergency cash grants instead of traditional aid supplies.  Participants also heard about strengthening communities in China and how different Red Cross societies promoted first aid skills.

The event was hosted by the Nepal Red Cross Society with support from the British Red Cross. Other societies taking part were the Afghan Red Crescent Society, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, Red Cross Society of China, Mongolian Red Cross Society and Philippine Red Cross.

Helen Brown, British Red Cross South Asia Programme Manager for the British Red Cross, said: “This cross-regional initiative developed practical tools and actions that could be taken forward by Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies.

“We hope this will be the foundation for future similar forums for sharing experiences. The learning we took from the National Societies was invaluable.”

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