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Caribbean: Hurricane Dean Appeal No. MDR49001 Operations Update no. 1

Situation Report
Originally published


The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 185 countries.

In Brief

Operations Update no. 1; Period covered: 22 August to 24 August 2007; Appeal target: 1,591,000 (USD 1,321,429 or EUR 964,242) in cash, kind, or services to assist 35,000 beneficiaries for 6 months

Appeal history:

- Launched on 22 August 2007 for CHF 1,591,000 (USD 1,321,429 or EUR 964,242) for 6 months to assist 35,000 beneficiaries (7,000 families).

- Final Report is due on 22 May 2008.

- CHF 150,000 (USD 124,585 or EUR 90,909) was allocated from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 17 August 2007.

Operational Summary:

Immediately following the emergency and in view of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dean, a number of Red Cross Societies, including Belize, Dominica, Haiti, Jamaica, Mexico and Saint Lucia worked arduously to asses the needs and provide immediate support to the affected populations.

This preliminary appeal operational update outlines the basic activities planned, but as more consolidated information is gathered, a revised Appeal will be launched in the coming days. Currently the main focus is on the immediate provision of relief items and identifying the early recovery and rehabilitation activities. There is also a need for support to these Red Cross Societies in psychosocial support and other health activities including prevention of the spread of dengue.

The International Federation undertakes activities that are aligned with its Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

Global Agenda Goals:

- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

- Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

- Increase local community, civil society and Red CrossRed Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

- Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promoterespect for diversity and human dignity.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Trinidad and Tobago: Thomas Doyle, Disaster Management Delegate Caribbean Regional Representation;; phone (868)789 9493, fax (507) 316 1082

In Panama: Kathleen Martin, Acting Head, Pan American Disaster Response Unit, Panama; e-mail, phone (507)316-1001; fax (507) 316-1082.

In Panama: Maria Alcazar, Zone Relationship Management Coordinator, Americas; e-mail:; phone (507) 317 1300; fax(507) 3171304

In Trinidad and Tobago: Tanya Wood, Head of Caribbean Regional Representation, Port of Spain, email:, phone (868) 624 15 57; fax; (868) 627 9627

In Panama: Jose Garcia-Lozano, Head of Zone, Americas, Panama, email:, phone (507) 3171300; fax; (507) 317 13 04

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and MinimumStandards inDisaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

For longer-term programmes in this or other countries or regions, please refer to the Federation's Annual Appeal. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for national society profiles, please alsoaccess the Federation's website at

For longer-term programmes, please refer to the Federation's Annual Appeal.