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UN food relief agency provides logistics support to boost earthquake response in Japan [Humanitarian Logistics]

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said that it is providing logistics support to Kumamoto prefecture in south-western Japan as part of assistance to people affected by strong earthquakes in April.

WFP is initially deploying four experts to support needs assessments, warehouse management and the swift delivery of relief supplies to the most-affected people, the agency said in a press release.

“Logistics is the backbone of any emergency response,” said Stephen Anderson, Director of the WFP Japan Office. “We are proud to do our part to help the affected people by deploying logistics expertise.”

The activities will be implemented in coordination with the Japan Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, a coordinating body supporting relief work by authorities, non-governmental organizations and the private sector.

In addition, WFP is providing large mobile warehouses, including two that will be set up immediately in the severely-affected towns of Ozu and Kashima, to store relief items and as a volunteer centre.

WFP launched the two-month operation – which is estimated to cost $600,000 – when the request came from the Kumamoto prefectural government on 26 April, and the agency said it stands ready to expand its support if required.

Two major earthquakes and hundreds of aftershocks struck the prefectures of Kumamoto, Oita and surrounding areas on 14 and 16 April, resulting in 66 deaths and more than 190,000 evacuees at its peak, according to official figures. While local authorities are putting significant effort into the response, logistical challenges in the management of relief supplies that are pouring in have been reported, WFP noted.

This is the second time that WFP has provided assistance in Japan. In 2011, following the devastating earthquake and massive tsunami that hit the northern region of Tohoku, WFP deployed 27 staff members to organize transportation of relief items, establish logistics hubs with mobile warehouses and support relief activities of non-governmental organizations on the ground.

Posted at 14:22   パーマリンク


Deutsche Post DHL Group and United Nations celebrate 10-year success story of public-private partnership [Humanitarian Logistics]

Initial agreement was signed with the United Nations Office of Humanitarian Affairs/UNOCHA and the United Nations Development Programme/UNDP in 2005

Joint activities aim to enhance the capacity of airports and authorities to prepare for natural disasters and emergency response

As of January 2016 the Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) program has trained a total of 600 people across 30 airports in 15 countries on disaster preparedness
Over the past ten years the Group's Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) deployed more than 30 times to disaster hit areas worldwide

Deutsche Post DHL Group and the United Nations - represented by the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - today celebrate a decade of successfully partnering in the areas of disaster preparedness and response. The partnership aims to prepare airports and personnel on disaster preparedness and provides support to better manage logistics at airports in disaster hit areas. The initial memorandum of understanding was signed in December 2005 in New York.

"I am very proud today to celebrate ten successful years of a joint partnership with the United Nations. Let me thank all of those who have continuously supported our efforts in disaster preparedness and disaster relief. Our unique public-private endeavor has developed into a very positive joint initiative which was able to provide crucial support at airports and deliver help to those who most needed it. We are very pleased that we are able to share our logistics expertise within the international aid community and in cooperation with such globally recognized partners as UNOCHA and UNDP. I am very much looking forward to extending this positive experience in the coming years", said Frank Appel, CEO Deutsche Post DHL Group.

Airport preparedness is a key element of disaster preparedness mechanisms and plans. As airports are the main access point to receive international as well as national aid when a disaster strikes, they can also become a critical bottleneck due to damages to infrastructure and a lack of capacity. In order to address these challenges, Deutsche Post DHL Group and UNDP jointly developed the Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) program.

The major focus of GARD is to bring all relevant stakeholders involved in humanitarian actions - from cargo operators to emergency services as well as security, customs and management - together to identify potential causes of backlogs which could hamper a relief operation. The GARD workshop further aims to develop practical recommendations for contingency planning. This exercise is again conducted jointly with the national stakeholders. To date, GARD has been implemented at airports in Armenia, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Turkey and Sri Lanka. Finally, the GARD program also offers a follow-up workshop to review the original recommendations and their implementation process. These so-called GARD plus workshops have been conducted in a number of countries including Armenia, Lebanon and Indonesia.

"It is increasingly clear that the eradication of poverty and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals will remain difficult if we do not address disaster risk," notes Magdy Martinez-Soliman, Assistant Secretary General and Director of UNDP's Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. "This requires an all-of-society approach, incorporating both the public and private sector. The partnership between UNDP, Deutsche Post DHL Group and OCHA is such an approach. By drawing on the respective strengths of the agencies involved we are better able to support our partners globally in disaster preparedness."

In 2016 the series of GARD and GARD plus workshops will continue in countries such as Honduras, Mauritius and Nepal.

"Together with Deutsche Post DHL Group we can foster disaster readiness and improve response", said the acting Director of OCHA Geneva, Rudolf Müller. "OCHA, the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, brings together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies, and to promote emergency preparedness and prevention. Deutsche Post DHL Group has the technical expertise, the assets and resources, the supply chains and networks to support better disaster risk reduction globally. I am very much looking forward to the continuation of this important partnership."

In the field of disaster response, Deutsche Post DHL Group has teamed up with UNOCHA. While the Group provides the UN with access to its core competence in logistics, its global network and the know-how of its employees on a free-of-charge basis, the UN mandates Deutsche Post DHL Group with access to the international relief and development community. The so-called Disaster Response Teams (DRT) are made up of DHL logistics experts trained in disaster management. Their task is to handle the incoming relief supplies at an airport. The DRT network consists of over 400 trained volunteers, who can be deployed within 72 hours, ready to stay for up to three weeks. At the airport the team handles relief supplies, sorts them and finds storage options. This allows relief agencies then to get quicker access to urgently needed items such as food, shelter, medicines and water for their further transportation to the people in need. The airport's capacity, coupled with a lack of equipment and resources in an often very demanding situation, are huge factors impacting the speed of delivery of relief goods to those in need. Since 2005, the DRTs have been deployed over 30 times worldwide, with the most recent missions following the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015 and following the destruction caused by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu in March 2015.

Both programs, GARD and DRT, are part of the disaster management program GoHelp which is embedded in the overall "Living Responsibility" Corporate Responsibility program of Deutsche Post DHL Group.

Posted at 14:21   パーマリンク


Deutsche Bahn 22,000 refugees in over 100 trains [Humanitarian Logistics]

Over the past few days, Deutsche Bahn has done as much as possible to ensure that refugees arriving in Germany are transported safely to accommodation facilities located around the country. Upward of 22,000 refugees entered Germany in over 100 trains, and DB brought them to their different destinations.

DB’s CEO Rüdiger Grube says, “It goes without saying that DB will do whatever it takes to help these people who are essentially fleeing for their lives. Planners and dispatchers at our operations centres and ICE plants have worked around the clock to assemble more trains and shoehorn them into our schedules. I would like to express my thanks to all DB employees and volunteers at stations throughout Germany. At DB, we know what integration means – our workforce already includes people from over 100 nations around the world.”
DB coordinated travel for refugees aboard scheduled ICE and IC services in addition to scores of specially dispatched trains bound for a host of different towns and cities around Germany, such as Munich, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Braunschweig, Saalfeld and Eisenhüttenstadt. At every destination, hundreds of DB staff, volunteers and public sector employees were on hand to ensure that the refugees’ arrival ran smoothly.

The undertaking has been about more than just efficient transportation. After it was announced that over 20,000 people were expected to arrive in Munich alone on Saturday and Sunday, DB provided a building for the new arrivals and operated a local rail service to connect it with the city’s main station. The company is also liaising with municipal authorities around Germany, encouraging them to provide simple, unbureaucratic support by permitting access to municipally owned land and buildings that can be used to house refugees. DB has assembled a taskforce that is dedicated to fielding the many questions coming from local authorities, town halls and regional governments.

In the midst of this dramatic situation, DB and its partners are planning two pilot projects in southern Germany which will help adult and younger refugees alike integrate with the labour market. DB is continuing its special train services today and is coordinating with government bodies on what stations are to serve as destinations.

Posted at 21:59   パーマリンク

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