Jamaica

Evaluation of Emergency Appeal - The Hurricane Sandy Operation, February 2014

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Following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) released a Request for an evaluation consultant to conduct an evaluation of the implementation, efficiency, outcomes and impact of Hurricane Sandy Emergency Appeal operations (MDRJM003). The operation was designed to respond to the needs of the people affected by Hurricane Sandy, which hit Jamaica on 24 October as a Category 1 hurricane. The hurricane caused damage to houses and gave rise to flooding and landslides. The most severely affected parishes include: St. Thomas, Portland and St. Mary, with a combined population of 289,261 (STATIN, 2011).

The emergency assessments revealed a total of 6,170 families with damaged houses (minor to severe) and more than 37,000 agricultural households affected (total of 215,850 people) that were caused by the flooding and strong winds by Hurricane Sandy. The emergency appeal was launched to reach the 3,400 of the most vulnerable families affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The activities covered under the appeal included the distribution of non-food items (NFIs), repair and reconstruction of damaged houses, early recovery of families whose livelihoods have been affected. An evaluation strategy based on the utilization of qualitative and quantitative data was developed to assess the implementation, efficiency, outcomes and impact of Hurricane Sandy Emergency Appeal operations.