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Taipei: Earthquake Appeal No. 25/99 Operations Update No. 14

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In Brief

Appeal No. 25/99; Operations Update no. 14; Period covered: April to September 2005; Appeal coverage: 101.76%; (click here to go directly to the attached Contributions List).

Appeal history:

- Launched on 24 September 2004 for CHF 3,300,000 for four months to assist 100,000 beneficiaries.

- Budget increased to CHF 55,400,000 (USD 46,538,976 or EUR 35,904,164) and rehabilitation programme extended to July 2005. Due to the further extension of the programme, final report due will be March 2006. This Update is to summariz e the originally planned activities by July 2005.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: N/A.

Outstanding needs: Nil

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: Taipei Earthquake 25/99

Operational Summary: The post-emergency rehabilitation programmes was completed; however, the operation was extended until July 2005 in order to fully complete the disaster preparedness and organizational development components. Although the planned activities were all implemented as budgeted, favourable currency exchange rate fluctuations resulted in the surplus of funds. This surplus will be utilized for the added activities under Objective 3 and 4 of same programme. Budget for this added activities are CHF 240,000 for four months, starting from September.

Operational developments

After the rehabilitation programme and the cash disbursement programme, the disaster preparedness (DP) and organizational development (OD) programme was launched in June 2002, scheduled to be completed in June 2005. Although the planned activities were all implemented as budgeted, favourable currency exchange rate fluctuations resulted in the surplus of fund, which is still to be utiliz ed in Taiwan. After the discussion between the Taiwan Red Cross Organization (TRCO) and the Federation, both agreed to extend the program me towards the end of 2005. Added activities and its budget were both specified on the revised Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Red Cross and Red Crescent action - objectives, progress, impact

The Disaster Preparedness and Organizational Development Programme

The MoU for the first phase of this programme was signed in June 2002. The Federation's total commitment for the programme running from June 2002 until June 2005 was TWD 181,089,112 (CHF 6,875,803). During this period, a programme manager was assigned and was based in Taiwan to assist in the implementation of the programme. Expenditure for phase 4 (January to June 2005, period covered by this report) is TWD 27,559,892 (CHF 1,046,614).

After the MoU revision in September 2005, the total commitment will increase up to TWD 187,089,112, an increase due to positive currency exchange rate fluctuations.

The goals of the programme are:

- to provide TRCO with staff and volunteers trained in DP and management on all levels;

- to improve the overall capacity of TRCO in all departments, by infusing Federation standards into the work force and material in the project period; =B7 to repair and upgrade existing training facilities; and =B7 to equip the remaining 11 branches with relief supplies, equipment, transportation and communication material.

Objective 1: Repair and upgrade existing training facilities and provide training equipment to headquarters , chapters and branches.

Training at all levels was given the highest priority in this programme. Accordingly, TRCO had to establish the proper physical framework for this training both at headquarters (HQ) level and in chapters and branches. Training facilities has been repaired and HQ, chapters and branches have been provided with training equipment, computers, printers, power point projectors, cameras, and dolls for first aid training.

Objective 2: Renovate and provide the remaining 11 disaster preparedness centres with adequate standardized relief supplies, relief equipment, transportation and communication equipment.

It was TRCO's policy to equip all chapters and branches (total 26 locations) with a DP centre. Fifteen centres were finished before the programme started. The remaining 11 centres were incorporated into the programme. In order to keep relief supplies and equipment properly, buildings have been repaired and renovated. In general, the local government provides the buildings free of charge.

To provide TRCO with a well-functioning communication system , five satellite telephones were procured and pre-positioned, two at HQ, one in the north, and one in central and one in the south of Taiwan. This communication system is regularly tested. Further, each centre was provided with ten sets of radio operating on the same legal band as the government. The information Intranet system was also installed in order to reinforce the communication between branches.

For transportation in case of disaster, 16 trucks (3.5tonnes each) and ten vans (for personnel usage) were procured. The DP centres were also provided with non-food items, relief equipment and personal equipment for volunteers. The DP centres are, in general, well-maintained with the use of bin cards and ledger for stocks. Most of the centres have reasonable access for efficient loading of the goods. At present, in case of a future disaster, the government of Taiwan offers positive assistance for its replenishment once the stock is released.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Geneva: Asia and Pacific department, Hiroto Oyama, regional officer, email: hiroto.oyama@ifrc.org, phone: +41 22 730 4273; fax: + 41 22 733 0395.

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