DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT
Since 1995, The Asia Foundation has conducted the longest-running disaster management training program in the Pacific Islands. The effectiveness and credibility of its trainings is well known in the region, and has contributed to the development of thousands of disaster management and response personnel in 14 Pacific Island nations. The Foundation works with local, national, and regional organizations to strengthen leadership on disaster coordination and planning, and empowers key government officials to mainstream disaster and climate risk considerations into national planning and budgeting processes. Its programs also facilitate linkages among disaster management organizations in the Pacific region, and provide support for a regional database that houses information on trained participants and instructors in the event of a disaster. Further, many of these people have moved into leading roles in disaster management in the region, and are making new advances in technology applications for disaster preparedness and response.
Energizing Community Alert Networks
The Pacific Island nations are prone to some of the world’s worst natural hazards and the small size of these island economies means that the impacts of these disasters are disproportionately high. Communication is critical for these disparate island nations to make timely, informed decisions when disasters strike. The Asia Foundation promotes people-focused, user-friendly approaches to early warning systems that communities can manage themselves, including components such as short message service (SMS) and mobile phone networks, sirens, wind vanes, and river and rain gauges.