This report covers the period January to December 2011
• Emergency operations support was provided to all Pacific national societies in relation to a range of tsunami and cyclone warnings and disaster operations (drought, cyclone, earthquake, power supply rupture).
• Support provided to 11 national societies with their organizational preparedness in disaster response through coaching and training disaster management (DM) staff, providing regular climate related information, supporting disaster management planning and pre-positioning, procuring essential equipment, establishing operations centres and advising on auxiliary role with government.
• The Pacific regional office coordinated closely with the French Red Cross and other IFRC partners to strengthen logistics capacity-building and response coordination. Work was progressing on agreeing on a standard list of core items for pre-positioning in all Pacific national societies.
• The regional disaster response team system was further adapted to the Pacific region and refresher training was provided.
• The regional office took up its role as emergency shelter (open ended) cluster convener and progress was made on the development of the office’s emergency shelter strategy.
• Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Micronesia, Palau, Solomon Islands and Fiji Red Cross societies received technical assistance in regard to the planning and implementation of their community-based disaster risk reduction, health, and water and sanitation programming. This technical assistance aimed to ensure responsiveness to community needs/priorities, effective programme/service delivery and an appropriate auxiliary role.