The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently provided disaster response equipment with a total value of VND 254 million (approximately US$10,812) to Nghe An Province.
|The disaster response equipments were handed over to 2 disaster response teams of Hung Trung and Chau Nhan communes in Hung Nguyen district (Photo: hungnguyen.nghean.gov.vn)
With the USAID sponsorship, the Red Cross Society of Nghe An Province and the Red Cross Society of Hung Nguyen District recently provided equipment to two disaster response teams from Hung Trung and Chau Nhan communes in Hung Nguyen District. The equipment will help the teams to better prepare for and respond to potential disasters in the area.
Each commune is equipped with essential disaster response equipment, such as motorboats, radios, lifebuoys, and flashlights, to ensure readiness for any eventuality. Additionally, raincoats, life jackets, and boots are provided to ensure the safety of the inhabitants. Furthermore, first aid kits are also included to facilitate medical care in the event of an emergency.
This is the project “Improving Emergency Response Capacity for the Vietnam Red Cross Society” for the period of 2021 – 2023, sponsored by the USAID. The project endeavors to assist communities in key disaster zones to enhance their capacity to prevent, respond to, and manage the consequences of various types of natural disasters on people, health, and property.
|Screenshot from truyenhinhnghean.vn
The handovers promote the ability to mobilize synergy under the motto “4 on the Spot” to perform better and more effectively the task of responding to natural disasters and disasters, ensuring safety for the communities in Nghe An province.
Since 2000, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, has provided more than US $34 million in assistance for disaster response, preparedness, and disaster risk reduction in Vietnam. This support has enabled the country to strengthen its capacity to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the effects of natural disasters. The funds have been used to provide emergency supplies, such as food and shelter materials, as well as to improve early warning systems and develop and implement risk reduction strategies.
In April 2023, the Red Cross Society of Nghe An province, in collaboration with the Vietnam Red Cross Society (VNRC), organized an advanced disaster response training course on damage and needs assessment as part of the project “Improving Emergency Response Capacity for the Vietnam Red Cross Society”.
The participants of the course were provincial-level disaster response teams. They received comprehensive training on conducting Damage and Needs Assessments at the site, as well as responding to operations and aid relief. Upon completion of the course, the participants were well-equipped to report on the losses and urgent needs of people in areas affected by natural disasters to stakeholders, such as donors and partners.