Disaster Relief

Aquatic Emergency Disaster Response and Preparedness

On average, over 60,000 people a year are killed by natural disasters. Of those deaths, a disproportionate number occurred in vulnerable communities in developing areas. Over the past decade, more than 2 billion people have been affected by natural disasters, and this number is expected to increase as population densities rise and more people are forced to live in disaster-prone areas.

ISLA is committed to helping vulnerable people around the world prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, complex humanitarian emergencies, and life-threatening health conditions. Our emergency response and disaster preparedness programs provide relief and development assistance to people who suffer from natural disasters around the globe.

ISLA works with a worldwide network of partners that includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the Civil Defense of several countries to ensure consistency in international disaster response operations.

Our emergency response activities are cost-effective and community-based. We send highly-trained Emergency Medical Personnel, including Doctors, Nurses, EMTs, Swift-water Rescue Technicians, and Lifeguards to areas in need. We also implement disaster preparedness programs to create more resilient communities with decreased dependence on external assistance.

Our emergency response and preparedness team includes an Aquatic Emergency Response Unit (AERU) as a disaster management tool made up of trained personnel and pre-packaged technical equipment that is crucial in responding to sudden, large-scale disasters and emergencies in remote locations. All AERUs share the ability to respond quickly and to sustain operations for up to one month without drawing on local resources in disaster-affected areas.

In addition, we maintain community-based aquatic disaster preparedness interventions based on an evaluation of a country’s vulnerabilities, and on ISLA’s capacities and interests. Support may include emergency management training, public awareness campaigns, or mitigation measures such as mapping evacuation routes or installing hurricane shutters on community shelters.