When a disaster strikes, ADRA Australia works closely with the global ADRA network to respond, deploying numerous staff to join the Emergency Response Team (ERT) to lead response planning, implementation and communications. The Humanitarian Program also continues to build the capacity of key high disaster risk partner offices in Asia and the Pacific to respond to emergencies and deliver Community Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) training.

Due to ongoing needs and extra support, ADRA Australia has been able to extend relief efforts into early recovery interventions in major crises such as Tropical Cyclone Harold in Vanuatu and the devastating explosion in Lebanon. Interventions include “build back better” shelter rehabilitation, improvement of evacuation centre facilities and livelihood support. Programs providing remedial education classes for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) training in the Philippines are still ongoing.

In Australia, we work in partnership with local Seventh-day Adventist Churches to respond immediately in affected areas. Training is available for churches to become Disaster Ready Churches so that, in the event of an emergency, the local church is equipped and ready to respond to the local need.

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