Red Cross Global Disaster Preparedness Center Launches

red-cross2The American Red Cross and the International Federation Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies continue to advance their mission of providing compassionate care to those in need and saving lives all around the world – this time by furthering knowledge on disaster preparedness for communities around the world.

Through the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC), which launched today in an event held at the American Red Cross Headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the globe will now have technical assistance to help enhance its disaster preparedness efforts.

According to Omar Abou-Samra, Senior Technical Advisor for Domestic outreach for the Center, “We are working with partners to enable any Red Cross or Red Crescent around the world to adapt the First Aid app that was released in the U.S. earlier this year for use in their country. By providing a web-based platform and licensing to do this, the Center will help other Red Cross and Red Crescent societies provide potentially life-saving information to people in their countries, while saving time and money”.

Hundreds of millions of people were harmed or affected by natural disasters in the last decade, while hundreds of thousands more were killed, according to data from EM-DAT. By focusing on organizing and sharing the collective knowledge gathered from the latest research, the Center’s efforts in spreading information will contribute to curb this trend by making communities more resilient against disasters that may range from major earthquakes to seasonal floods.

The Center will help create and strengthen networks that connect all those involved in disaster preparedness work and will also fund studies on topics such as the value of social media in public awareness and cost benefit analysis of disaster preparedness interventions.