Pan American Disaster Response Unit Appeal No. 05AA040 Annual Report

In Brief

Appeal target: CHF 2,439,411 (USD 1,923,019 or EUR 1,581,564);

Appeal coverage: 74.4%.

This Annual Report reflects activities implemented over a one-year period; they form part of, and are based on, longer-term, multi-year planning (refer below to access the detailed logframe documents). All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, please access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org

Overall analysis of the Programme

In early 2005 the Pan American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU) worked in coordination with the Panama Regional Delegation and the Port of Spain Sub Regional Office on ongoing emergency operations, as well as the closing of emergency operations relating to the 2004 Caribbean hurricane season, primarily the emergency operations for Hurricane Jeanne in the Bahamas and for the operations related to response to Hurricane Ivan in the Cayman Islands, Grenada and Jamaica. The emergency operation for Hurricanes Ivan and Charley in Cuba was extended until July 2005, and the operation for Tropical Storm Jeanne in Haiti was extended until September 2005. In the first six months of the year PADRU also provided support to five National Societies for minor emergencies, mostly due to floods. In the months preceding the 2005 Caribbean hurricane season, a disaster management delegate from PADRU was assigned specifically to the Caribbean region to coordinate preparedness and response activities, while another disaster management delegate was assigned to the Lima Regional Delegation to respond to emergencies in the South America region.

During the second part of the year, PADRU focused on responding to one of the most active and destructive hurricane seasons the region has known. The 2005 hurricane season saw a total of 27 named storms, eight of which made landfall in the Central America and Caribbean regions. PADRU worked with the affected National Societies to provide immediate response in the wake of these disasters, which included appealing for funds from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) and deploying disaster management experts to the field. Four emergency appeals were launched in response to hurricanes to assist some 171,000 affected families in the 10 worst affected countries: Bahamas, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica,

Mexico and Nicaragua. In addition, PADRU responded to a number of other emergencies, including volcanic eruptions in Colombia and El Salvador, floods in Colombia, Costa Rica and Guatemala, earthquakes in Chile and Peru, drought in Paraguay, and fire and social unrest in Bolivia. PADRU continued its on-going work in the area of disaster response preparedness, strengthening the Regional Intervention Teams (RITs), supporting the development of contingency and disaster response plans, and encouraging National Society staff to carry out internships within PADRU to promote exchanges and information-sharing. Work was also carried out in reinforcing National Intervention Teams (NITs) within the National Societies in the region, and RIT members specialized in public health in emergencies and IT and telecommunications were trained.

PADRU continued to strengthen its cooperation with the United Nations system, as well as with the European Union. In mid 2005 PADRU received programmatic funding from ECHO through a programme which seeks to strengthen the Caribbean National Societies and Overseas Branches. The Spanish International Cooperation Agency (AECI) also provided funding for PADRU activities. PADRU has also been working to improve disaster response capacity in areas such as logistics and disaster preparedness, including provision of support for the implementation of a DIPECHO funded disaster preparedness project in the Caribbean.

For further information specifically related to this Annual Appeal please contact:

In Panama: Stephen McAndrew, Coordinator of Pan American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU), Panama; email stephen.mcandrew@ifrc.org, phone (507) 316-1001, fax (507) 316-1082

In Geneva: Olaug Bergseth, Federation Regional Officer, Americas Department, Geneva; email olaug.bergseth@ifrc.org, phone (41 22) 730-4535, fax (41 22) 733-0395

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