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緊急救援 - 安澤救災備災工作坊

The Sichuan earthquake on May 12 lets people realize that a disaster can do lots of damage, all we could do is to do our best to reduce the number of deaths and injuries. Another thing from the Sichuan quake which amazed everyone worldwide was the ‘ground swell of supports’ from different parts of China. Some Chinese noticed the immediate needs of the victims from the TV or newspapers, they left their houses and their jobs to travel to Sichuan to help the others willingly.

A few months after the quake, ADRA China hosted a lesson-learned section in order to carry out a better and efficient relief response when another disaster strikes China. Therefore, a disaster preparedness workshop is one of the projects which ADRA China is striving for after the quake. ADRA China would like to develop as a volunteer based organization. When a disaster happens, we would like to get the first hand information, to finish the needs assessment and to call a group of volunteers to do relief work as soon as possible; in a situation that every second counts, we would like to move things smoother and faster.

This project was honorably sponsored by ADRA Germany and the disaster preparedness workshop was hosted on 4th -10th Nov, 2008 successfully. Professor Gavin, a professor from the Columbia Union College came to Chengdu to facilitate the workshop, to share his personal experiences gained from all over the world by helping lots of organizations to be volunteer based, Professor Gavin has also worked in ADRA’s North American District for a long time.

This disaster preparedness workshop was held in Chengdu, Sichuan. There were 33 participants from the western part of China such as: Shanxi, Ningxia, Guizhou and Yunnan. Out of those 33 participants 6 of them were ADRA China’s staff and 1 of them was from ADRA Japan.

The workshop contains:

1) Disaster Response Orientation
When a disaster strikes, how can we help ourselves or help the relief agency to carry

out the right response to the ones who are in need.

2) Volunteers Wanted:
Before a disaster strikes, what can we do to build a volunteer team? So that we could have volunteers nearby to help the affected area, to help on the need assessments and distribute assistance no matter where it is.

3) Field Emergency Management Team Orientation
Introduce the ideas of the sphere standard such

as the nutrition level we have to meet when doing food distribution.

4) Province Coordinator Orientation
Introduce a few key roles of volunteers which our team will need every time that a disaster strikes.

ADRA China’s Acting Program Director and Emergency Management Coordinator were also sharing what they have learned through doing the relief aid along with Professor Gavin.

The preparedness workshop was held in various ways, it started with detailed lectures, then most of the time was spent in group discussions and reports; the participants could also watch a documentary of other disasters; the simulation of the Sichuan quake helped the participants to practice on all that they had learned during the workshop。 The most impressive activity of this workshop was the site visit of the affected area: participants were given the chance to find out what types of assistance that Humanities Relief Agency has done for the victims (including ARDA China).

ADRA China is now passively doing different kinds of rehabilitation projects, “To take precautions against a calamity”, to get ready on any disaster aid, ADRA China will keep close with our volunteers。We hope that when a disaster strikes, we could carry out the assistance promptly and effectively.

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