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Improving urgency procedures and crisis preparedness

Unpredictable crises that challenge public safety and health or the stability of a society’s socioeconomic foundations put the pillars of democracy to the test.The management of such crises increases the need to take rapid decisions, often without fully understanding the short-, medium-, and longer-term implications of the various options. Governmental, Regional and Municipality response options are sometimes extremely limited. In the absence of clearly defined procedures IHAF provides specific emergency instruments for specific situations.

First response on site

During and immediately after a crisis, urgent action is required to save lives. At the same time, from the start of humanitarian response, time critical interventions which lay the foundations for sustainable recovery and a speedy return to longer term development are also imperative. Early Recovery is never just a ‘phase’. It is a multidimensional process of recovery that begins in the early days of a humanitarian response. An Early Recovery approach means focusing on local ownership and strengthening capacities; basing interventions on a thorough understanding of the context to address root causes and vulnerabilities as well as immediate results of crisis; reducing risk, promoting equality and preventing discrimination through adherence to development principles that seek to build on humanitarian programmes and catalyse sustainable development opportunities

Organization of Logistics HUBS

Logistics hubs act as linking points that facilitate the efficient flow of goods. Contrary to what most people think, logistics hubs aren’t only used for storage. They’re also the center for the manufacturing, assembly, labeling, organization, coordination, separation, distribution, and transportation of goods for national and international transit. In times of crisis the implementation and running of such Hubs are crucial for the timely and targeted delivery of the Humanitarian aid.

Trade, Storage and distribution of Hygiene goods

Selecting and distributing hygiene items in an appropriate and effective manner is key to successfully tackling any kind of humanitarian crisis. The selection requires identifying basic hygiene items as well as additional hygiene items that are determined through consultation with the affected population. It is necessary to coordinate the selection and distribution with other actors in order to ensure hygiene needs are met, duplication is avoided and gaps in the provision of items are addressed. Distribution should be done in a phased manner to allow for timely distribution of items based on prioritisation.

Trade, storage and distribution of Foods

A. Assess the potential need for food. Estimate how much food is available in the municipality and how much more food will be needed to protect the population from possible food shortages.

B. Work with private sector providers and any other humanitarian agencies present in the municipality to secure essential nutritious food stocks for later distribution.

C. Work with various public and private organizations to set up and operate temporary warehouses to receive, store, and distribute the food using social distancing measures.

D. Coordinate with members of the municipal leadership team that are working to identify those most at risk of food insecurity to ensure that the most needy are the people that get food rations first.

E. Distribute emergency food rations once the crisis begins to reduce the ability of people to obtain sufficient amounts of food to meet their daily needs.

F. Coordinate with the municipal communications team to ensure that effective public messages about local food availability and emergency distribution are conveyed during the crisis.

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