By Corinne Ambler/IFRC
Lessons learned during Cyclone Pam two years ago have ensured Vanuatu Red Cross’ preparations and response to the latest large cyclone to hit the island nation have gone smoothly.
Tropical Cyclone Donna swept across the top of Vanuatu last week as a Category 4 storm, increasing to Category 5 as it tracked south between Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
Despite widespread damage in the tiny Torres islands, there were no fatalities and only one injury has been reported – a woman from Mere Lava island in the banks group who injured her eye.
Vanuatu Red Cross is well prepared and ready to respond to the needs of those most affected by Tropical Cyclone Donna. We have 300 volunteers on standby throughout the country, many of whom have been trained on Emergency Response Teams (ERT).
Once assessments have been done we are ready to distribute emergency relief items such has tarpaulins, water containers, kitchen sets, shelter kits and hygiene kits.
We have cleaned the water tanks at six evacuation centers on Efate including three in Port Vila and have added chlorine to the water to make it safe to drink.
Vanuatu Red Cross volunteers are working around the clock to help their communities be safe and prepared ahead of a major cyclone which is due to start hitting the country in the coming hours.
Tropical Cyclone Donna is expected to unleash damaging winds, rough seas, heavy rainfall, and flash flooding across Vanuatu from tonight.
This Newsletter provides a brief overview of the activities undertaken in the country by Vanuatu Red Cross and partners during the month of October. It features the following content:
- Tropical Cyclone Pam Recovery
- Supporting Community Planning - Phase 3 (SCP3)
- Together Becoming Resilient - Phase 5 (TBR5)
- Youth Empowering Vulnerable Communities
- First Aid
- Organisational Development
- Meet the VRCS Finance & HR Team
- October News & Events
Tropical Cyclone Pam Recovery
Category-5 Tropical Cyclone Pam devastated Vanuatu in March 2015. Red Cross continues to work with communities in recovery.
Currently working in Paama, the Shepherd Islands, Tanna, Efate and Efate offshore islands, Red Cross focuses on the areas of shelter, WASH, livelihoods and DRR. Work is completed in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent, Australian Red Cross and French Red Cross. In August, the VRCS CEO,