Habitat for Humanity Romania’s expertise in prevention and disaster response
- 10 years of experience in analyzing, combating risk and interventions in communities affected by disasters
- Public Utility Status obtained in 2008
- 10 counties, 42 communities, 45,000 beneficiaries
- Partnership with I.G.S.U., 2011
- Strategic Direction Habitat for Humanity Romania, supported regional
DISASTER RISK REDUCTION AND RESPONSE IN ROMANIA
In 2005 Habitat initiated a Response to Disasters program (Disaster Risk Reduction and Response (DRRR)), in order to reduce disaster risk in the community, through the analysis and control of risks faced by families in vulnerable communities.
Habitat for Humanity Romania became a “State Public Utility” in 2008. Habitat Romania can now take some of the responsibilities from public authorities in disaster response issues related to prevention and reconstruction.
The program focuses on two main parts: Disaster Risk Reduction and Response. Also, it has an integrated approach to risk and its management. In 2011 Habitat Romania partnered with IGSU, giving necessary support in the prevention, disaster risk reduction and emergency response and access to resources and official information (maps, statistics, human resources).
On the other side, we work together with other NGOs, like F.O.N.D. and G.L.A.U to develop the national capacity of prevention and disaster risk response.
1. DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
1 euro invested in disaster mitigation saves 7 euro in disaster response expenses.
Habitat for Humanity Romania develops campaigns for prevention and risk mapping to reduce disaster risks (natural and technological) in vulnerable communities. Under the concept of community risk reduction management, ongoing campaigns aim at strengthening local response capacity through direct involvement of families and local authorities.
This way, the locals recognize the risks faced by the community where they live, how they can prevent or reduce the damages and how to react in case of disasters. They understand the importance of the Volunteering Service for Emergency Situations (VSES) that operates in their area, how can they become VSES volunteers, and how to benefit of their support.
We started with the real needs of the community – lack of information, deficient system of prevention and risk reduction, weak investment in rural infrastructure – and, together with the local authorities and community representatives, we came up with solutions. We significantly strengthened the local capacity to response and we have developed knowledge that after the programs were finished can save lives and reduce property damage.
Gabi Pascal, DRRR Program Manager
2. DISASTER RESPONSE
Habitat for Humanity Romania aims to intervene as soon as possible after the onset of the disaster, according to a plan that reduces costs and streamlines damages. Our major organizational expertise is in emergency flood response.
QUICK INTERVENTION KITS
Immediately following the floods, Habitat for Humanity Romania offers support for the affected people by using drainage systems. Quick intervention kits are distributed. These include wheelbarrow, hammer, nails, shovel, sand bags, plastic wrap, etc.
Together with corporate partners such as P&G, we provide support to victims by distributing kits of personal hygiene and/or home care products.
After the distribution of the kits, Habitat for Humanity Romania specialists assess damages and recommend the type of intervention required.
CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS ASSISTANCE
It provides support through the distribution of building materials necessary to the renovation of the houses (cement, bricks, flooring, miller, paint, drywall, etc.).
RENOVATION AND REFURBISHMENT
We work together with families in need and volunteers at the renovation and rehabilitation of the houses affected by natural and technological disasters.
RECONSTRUCTION AFTER DISASTER
Together with victims of the disaster and volunteers from all over the world, we rebuild the damaged houses.
In 2010, with an integrated “multi location” disaster response project, Habitat for Humanity Romania has received international recognition from UN, International Federation of Red Cross and UNHCR and it was included in the catalog of the best 17 worldwide disaster response projects of that year.