Disasters and the Local Church
This new Tearfund publication provides practical guidance for church leaders in disaster-prone areas of Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Disaster management is rarely taught in seminaries or Bible colleges. Yet in times of crisis, church members will often look to their spiritual leaders, as well as to local government, for help and direction. This book is written for church leaders who may find themselves in a crisis – be it flood or windstorm, famine or earthquake.
ROOTS 9 – Reducing risk of disaster in our communities – 2nd Edition
This book describes a methodology called Participatory Assessment of Disaster Risk. PADR enables communities to assess the factors that contribute to the size and scale of any potential disaster and to develop locally-owned plans to address those risks. It is a community-empowering process, helping people to realize their own capacity to reduce their vulnerability to hazards.
The second edition has recently been published, building on the original 2006 edition. Many improvements have been made in response to feedback over the last five years. New features include:
CEDRA (Climate change and Environmental Degradation Risk and Adaptation assessment) – 2nd Edition
- Improved methodology with new templates
- more examples of completed assessments
- sample questions for focus group discussions
- suggested risk-reducing activities for different types of hazard
- more emphasis on gender as a cross-cutting issue
- more consideration of climate change and its impacts on future hazards.
CEDRA is a strategic-level environmental field tool for agencies working in developing countries. Using CEDRA, civil society organisations can prioritise which environmental hazards may be a risk to their existing project locations, enabling them to make decisions to adapt projects or start new ones. The tool discusses how to adapt and how to make decisions so that organisations can make their projects resilient to changes in the environment.
Organisations working in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) or general development will find CEDRA useful, particularly by people who are experienced in planning and managing development projects.
PILLARS – Preparing for disaster
PILLARS Guides provide practical, discussion-based learning on community development. This guide aims to increase awareness of the need to prepare for a possible disaster and to reduce the impact of disasters by helping a community to work together more effectively, by considering their ability to respond to disaster. It contains information on basic emergency procedures and assessing a community’s ability to respond to a disaster.
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Useful organisations and websites
The Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction is committed to working together to improve Disaster Risk Reduction policy and practice at every decision-making level. The network produces a series called ‘Views from the Frontline’ which brings the voices of those at a grassroots level into the heart of the debate, identifying key steps needed to make progress. Visit: www.globalnetwork-dr.org or write to:
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The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies provides humanitarian assistance ‘without discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions’. Each year it produces the World Disasters Report. The 2011 issue focuses on the growing crisis of hunger and malnutrition. You can download their reports from their website: www.ifrc.org or write to them at:
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies,
P.O. Box 372, CH-1211