World Vision’s global pre-positioning resource network (GPRN) is working with organizations in the Latin American and Caribbean region to pre-position emergency relief supplies in six countries as part of a pilot project within the region’s emergency preparedness plan.
Four 40-foot containers, each with enough relief supplies to assist 300 families, were shipped from World Vision warehouses in Denver and Dubai to Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua. Three more containers are due to arrive soon in Mexico and El Salvador.
The six pilot countries were selected based on their likelihood of being significantly affected during the hurricane season.
The pre-positioned supplies include blankets, cooking sets, treated mosquito nets, shovels, tarps and water purification tablets. The supplies will be immediately accessible when an emergency occurs anywhere in the region. World Vision also has a team of disaster experts in the region who can respond within 24-72 hours of an emergency.
“Pre-positioning is a key component in World Vision’s preparedness strategy,” said Nicole Peter, World Vision’s emergency program officer in Latin America. “Having standard relief items in-country increases our ability to respond within the first hours of a disaster, so that we can meet the needs of those most critically affected until a relief pipeline is set up.”
If the pilot project within these six countries is successful, the pre-positioning project may be expanded to all 14 countries where World Vision works in the region.
“These supplies will allow World Vision to jump-start its relief operations in disaster areas and enable us to better assist even during a smaller emergency,” said John Jung, a World Vision supply chain manager.
World Vision’s GPRN is a network of staff and warehouses that stock emergency relief supplies and provide support before and during emergency responses. During the 2004 tsunami, for example, the GRPN deployed more than 1,400 metric tons of relief supplies to the tsunami-affected region.
To speak to regional relief experts and aid workers preparing for the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season in the U.S., Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico or Nicaragua, please contact Casey Calamusa at 206.310.5476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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