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Dominican Republic: Strengthening Disaster Management Capacity of Vulnerable Communities

Donor: USAID/OFDA – Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance
Project Dates: September 2009 – December 2011
Project Amount: $425,693
Technical Areas Covered: Disaster Risk Management

 

Project Summary:

The Dominican Republic (DR) faces recurrent storms and flooding, with the Azua Province along the southern coast facing particular vulnerabilities. Plan International is working with communities in the province to develop collaborative capacity to identify, prepare for, and respond to disasters. The two-year project, Resiliencia: Strengthening Disaster Management Capacity of Vulnerable Communities in Azua Province, Dominican Republic, is funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.

Resiliencia is designed to strengthen community preparedness and coping capacities through the integration of disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities into long-term development planning and programs, thereby building local resilience. Community training will include understanding risk, needs and damage assessments, First Aid, and shelter management (with a particular emphasis on child protection and education in shelters).

The seven target communities, selected based on Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments, are participating in a package of community capacity-building activities designed to strengthen community structures and the population’s ability to mitigate and respond to future disasters under four principal project objectives:

  1. Establishment of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) in the targeted communities;
  2. Community members (including children) act as DRR trainers of trainers in the targeted communities, promoting increased awareness about DRR coping capacities, and vulnerabilities associated with natural disasters;
  3. Development and testing of Risk, Adaptation and Development (RAD) tool and related materials to strengthen DRR awareness and coping capacity in the targeted communities;
  4. Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans documented and tested in the targeted communities for enhanced capacity to monitor local hazards, disseminate early warnings, and conduct evacuations.