IFRC REVIEW OF EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS AGENDA FOR THE KATHMANDU VALLEY

Nepal 2014

GEG consultant conducted a review of Red Cross and external partners’ Contingency and Continuity of Operations planning for a major earthquake in the Kathmandu Valley

“It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”  J.R.R. Tolkien – The Hobbit (The earthquake struck six months later)

Background: The risk of a major earthquake in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal was well known and has been a key focus for the Government of Nepal and the humanitarian community for many years. Such a scenario requires major preparedness work, not least since such an event affects the capacity of the government and organisations to respond.  Increased concerns regarding the readiness and response capacity by the Government of Nepal and level of preparedness of the Red Cross in collaboration with other humanitarian partners, given the threat of a major earthquake. No updated contingency or continuity of operations (COOP) plans in place.

Requirement: Subject Matter Expert with IFRC/UN Disaster Risk Management (DRM), earthquake-specific profile with emergency planning experience to review and design RC plans in close coordination with other EPRP initiatives in UN and INGOs.

GEG Contribution:  GEG consultant with IFRC and DRM experience, conducted the review of Red Cross and external partners’ Contingency and Continuity of Operations planning and drafted a new contingency and COOP plan.

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