From Plan International: Children’s Charity Plan International has activated its emergency response teams in Indonesia and the Philippines, following today’s devastating earthquake in Japan.Teams are on standby in other countries where Tsunami warning/alert has been issued. These include Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras, Ecuador, Colombia and Peru. Plan is operational in communities in several affected countries in both Asia and Americas and also has presence in Japan. Plan also has a working partnership with community organisations in the pacific region.
“In the Philippines, Plan is working with local government and communities to evacuate people from the low-lying areas. The history of disasters shows that children, especially girls, are more vulnerable and often take the brunt,” says Plan UK’s Chief Executive, Marie Staunton.
“While rescue and relief will be the immediate priorities, Plan’s experience of working on disaster risk management (DRM) issues underscore the vulnerability of some of these countries and thus the need to invest in disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction measures”, adds Unni Krishnan, Plan International’s Disaster Response Co-ordinator.
A similar emergency response plan is being initiated in Indonesia where Plan has relief stocks in warehouse facilities to meet immediate needs of 5000 families.
One of Plan’s core areas of work in these countries is disaster risk management, especially concentrating on children and communities.