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 Pam in Vanuatu and the devastating earthquake in Nepal. 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 state governments and other responding agencies to ensure those affected by disaster receive appropriate assistance in a consistent and timely manner. Official agreements are in place to provide various services with the New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Western Australian, and South Australian state governments, as well as councils in Victoria and parts of Queensland. These can include facilitating emergency accommodation and providing meet and greet services, to staffing call centres and administrative tasks, and deployments to support churches assisting their communities. An army of trained ADRA volunteers who provide emergency accommodation to those affected.

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