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Reducing Disaster Risk


Business Contributions to Disaster Risk Reduction

In March 2015, the UNISDR (The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction) is gathering government, business and NGO leaders, from around the world, to develop a framework that will make the world a safer place in today’s disaster...

Is your business disaster proof?


When disasters strike, 25% of businesses never re-open. And 80% of those that do not recover within one month are likely to go out of business. 75% of companies without business continuity plans fail within three years of a disaster. It is a sobering picture for any CEO or corporate board.

Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response 2011 edition


Sphere Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response, a 2011 revised handbook of The Sphere Project, sets out minimum standards for four sectors: water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion; food security and nutrition; shelter, settlement and non-food items; and health action.

OCHA Central Register


In December 1991, the General Assembly requested the United Nations to "establish a central register of all specialized personnel and teams of technical specialists, as well as relief supplies, equipment and services available within the United Nations system and from Governments and...

Updates | ReliefWeb


This useful website by ReliefWeb is a freely accessible on-line database providing information (documents and maps) on humanitarian emergencies and disasters. Depending on a country’s emergency situation, ReliefWeb may post updates on a continuous (24-hour) basis.

Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS)


Livestock Emergency Guidelines and Standards (LEGS) are a set of international guidelines and standards for the design, implementation and assessment of livestock interventions to assist people affected by disasters. LEGS is based on three livelihoods objectives: Providing immediate assistance to...

HAP 2010 Standard


The HAP Standard is a practical and measurable tool that represents a broad consensus of what matters most in humanitarian action. The Standard helps organisations design, implement, assess, improve and recognise accountable programmes. Being accountable to crisis-affected communities helps...

Disaster Grantmaking: A Practical Guide for Foundations and Corporations


A joint project of the EFC and the US Council on Foundations (COF), the disaster response initiative sought to develop a set of principles and practical tips to guide and inform foundations and corporate grantmakers interested in becoming more effective and strategic in their responses to...

Guide for Effective Aid - Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO)


The South American branch of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has prepared a set of guidelines to assist relief organisations in sending effective aid to support disasters. The guidelines advise on what a relief organisation should do immediately after a disaster. Also listed are items that...

Good Practice Reviews from the Overseas Development Institute


Good Practice Reviews from the Overseas Development Institute offers a series of good practice publications directed toward the humanitarian field.