Contingency Plan for the Coordination of Shelter Preparedness and Response in Nepal, Updated January 2014

Introduction

The objective of the Shelter Cluster is to support the Government of Nepal to meet the immediate shelter needs of a population affected by disaster.

This contingency plan details preparedness and response actions to enable the shelter cluster to adequately and effectively meet the shelter needs of a population affected by the proposed disaster scenarios. The primary purpose of this contingency plan is to ensure that appropriate and adequate arrangements are made in advance to respond in a timely, effective and appropriate manner to the needs of affected populations. The Plan also aims at improving coordination with, and support to, the Government of Nepal in dealing with major disasters.

The target audience for this document is all humanitarian stakeholders in the Nepal, notably regional, national and local NGOs, UN agencies, National Disaster Management Offices, donors and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). This guide is also a reference document for line ministries involved in disaster preparedness and response.

The contingency plan is maintained and updated by the Shelter Cluster lead agency: Nepal Red Cross (NRC) with the support of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). This contingency plan is a living document updated regularly. Lessons learned from previous disasters are reflected and included in the updates. This contingency plan was drafted in August 2009 and later updated in 2011.