The September 1 to 6 training, held in Cagayan de Oro City, was administered by the Humanitarian Emergency Assistance and Response Team (HEART) of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). The September 1 to 6 training in Cagayan De Oro City was the second from among seven modular levels. Tatar Boriongan, chief Lanao del Sur’s PDRRMC, said some of the participants to the training in Cagayan de Oro City were from LGUs in towns affected by the December 2013 typhoon Pablo that devastated parts of Northern Mindanao. Typhoon Haiyan caused a huge storm surge, five to eight metres high, to hit the city of Tacloban in the Philippines. Pictured above is MAG's Senior Technical Advisor Daan Redelinghuys training trained Philippine army, air force and navy personnel in Battle Area Clearance methodology. In January 2014, we sent an assessment team to conduct a formal technical needs analysis and develop an emergency response plan.
MAG's emergency response in the Philippines is being carried out thanks to funding from the Swiss Government and the United Nations Trust Facility Supporting Cooperation on Arms Regulation (UNSCAR).
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has delivered assistance to thousands of residents affected by heavy rains and flash floods. The Philippine national disaster agency, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), reports that the latest rains and floods left six people dead and more than a dozen missing.
Many people in Bear Lake Township are getting certified to help out in an emergency response situation. About 25 volunteers decided that they wanted to join the Community Emergency Response Team program (CERT). For many people recruited into an emergency liaison role, communicating between public officials and other Incident Command functions is not their full time job.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about the hazards that affect the Napa Valley and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, personal preparedness, and disaster medical operations. The high number of number of victims, communication failures and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice. When help does arrive, CERTs provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site. Following the training, MAG will provide supervision and ongoing support to the military staff as they clear the area polluted by potentially lethal explosive items.


To effectively support a response to the needs in an emergency, it is very important to include a logistics assessment during the general needs assessment exercise. The scope of an emergency assessment will be different depending on the circumstances and may vary from emergency to emergency or depend on the nature or scale of the disaster. Note that in emergency situations, processes are intentionally shortened to speed up and facilitate immediate response to needs. Having a logistics staff on the program needs assessment team ensures that the needs are properly understood by logisticians and therefore adequately provisioned for. Assessments should be continuous in nature and enable organisations to monitor changes as a response or intervention evolves. Information for emergency assessments must come from different sources to provide a relatively accurate assessment of the situation. Adiong said representatives from the local provincial and municipal risk reduction and management councils attended the six-day disaster-preparedness and emergency response course. Adiong said the continuing technical support of HEART to Lanao del Sur’s Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) complements his administration’s efforts to sustain the emergency preparedness of local government units in the province.
He said the training also provided them good insights on how to address emergency situations arising from clan wars involving big Maranaw families. Volunteers from the Valenzuela chapter of Philippine Red Cross rescue families whose homes were marooned.
The IFRC is prepared to support PRC efforts during this year’s typhoon season, with specialized personnel, additional emergency supplies and resources available in country and in the region.
The Michigan State Police hosted the Emergency Response Training at the Bear Lake High School. Once they are certified they will be able to assist others in their neighborhood if professional responders aren't available yet. Following a major disaster in the Napa Valley, first responders who provide emergency services will not always be able to meet the immediate demand for these services.
In the Napa Valley the CERT training is provided though the collaborative efforts various emergency agencies and coordinated by Napa County and is generally offered on a Friday evening and all-day Saturday and Sunday. People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace.


An emergency logistics assessment is the process of gathering, analysing and disseminating logistics related data and information in relation to the impact of a disaster.
Once the assessments are complete, organisations move into the planning phase and develop a response plan on how to meet the needs of the affected communities.
Mamintal Adiong said a group from his office and emergency teams from the 12 towns underwent an Integrated Planning Course on Incident Command System, which was handled by experts.
EPP has developed independent emergency response training and emergency preparedness training modules available to our clients on an as-needed basis. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives.
The findings from logistics assessments are critical in enabling appropriate decision making, planning and organisation for effective disaster response. Form multi-disciplinary teams with government and other humanitarian organisations whenever possible. Agree common definitions, methods and data collection formats, if possible, so that information from different teams will be comparable.Define terms of reference and specific information needs.
At the peak of the floods, Red Cross emergency response teams equipped rescued some 60 persons from drowning. The assessment process stems across preparedness activities and the pre-disaster warning phase through the emergency phase and even into rehabilitation and recovery of the community.
This determines speed of response required and therefore the type of assessment or response that will be done. Monsoon rains, bolstered by a series of storms that have affected Philippines in the past four weeks, swamped parts of Cotabato City, North Cotabato and Maguindanao in the island of Mindanao, and most recently, Central Luzon and Bicol regions in the island of Luzon. As organisations respond to the initial critical emergency needs, they should conduct a logistics assessment as early as possible, before initiating and implementing a long term logistics response intervention.
At the peak of the floods, Red Cross emergency response teams equipped with rubber boats rescued some 60 people from drowning.



Senior emergency management officer
Illinois disaster preparedness


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