“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10

Overview

Disaster (noun):  a sudden accident or a natural catastrophe that causes great damage or loss of life.

Our vision is to manage and reduce the impact of a disaster to improve the livelihood of affected communities.

OBJECTIVES:

To work alongside partners, networks and government to assist during response efforts
To build resilience and mitigation strategies within communities

The Domino Foundation Disaster Response Unit (DRU) has been running since 2016 and has worked with Disaster and Humanitarian Relief, on a number of occasions, both locally and internationally, assisting with natural, biological and man-made disasters.

Partnerships to date:

  • 2015 – Domino worked with the SA Red Cross to manage the Phoenix Refugee camp during the Xenophobic attacks
  • 2016 – Domino assisted in Inhambane in Mozambique during the Cyclone
  • 2017 – assisted eThekwini Disaster Management with Floods, Storms and Shack fires
  • 2019 – Domino worked with JAM international and the United Nations in Beira Mozambique, to provide relief from Cyclone Idai
  • 2019 – Domino also assisted after the Tornado in New Hanover, KZN
  • 2019 – Domino partnered with the eThekwini Disaster Management Committee to assist during the KZN Floods
  • 2020 – Domino partnered with the KZN Response Team (CityHope Disaster Relief, The South African Red Cross Society, Zoë-Life, and KwaZulu Natal Christian Council in response to the COVID 19 Pandemic

Preparedness

Regular education and prevention training ahead of time, as well as stocking up of various resources and provision ahead of time to ensure communities are ready to face the difficult times ahead in the aftermath of the disaster. This includes setting up networks of contact groups, names, contact details, policies, procedures and protocols.

Response

The Domino Disaster Response Unit (DRU) values being a ‘first responder’ to support to communities when disasters strike. The team of equipped volunteers have agility and efficiently to provide immediate relief for displaced people in a mobilised and strategically co-ordinated response.

Recovery

The recovery phase of disaster management seeks to re-build and uplift communities to return to full capacity prior to the disaster event.

MITIGATION

Workshops, training and strategies are conducted to create resilient communities who are have capacity building opportunities to gain knowledge from past disaster experiences to apply mitigation practices to prevent future impact from similar disasters. These workshops are aimed at empowering communities to develop localised action and response plans  to develop early warning systems and hazard identification.

Monitoring & Evaluation

It has been both a privilege and challenge moving into the Disaster space. Whilst there is no doubt a huge work to be done, being prepared and ready is key while ensuring we are not creating dependence.

Prepare – Respond – Mitigate!

Opportunities for Involvement

The Domino Foundation Disaster Response Unit is dependent on local, national and international individuals/families, schools, churches, corporate businesses, trust and foundation donors (financial) and volunteers (time and services) with a vested interest in disaster preparedness, response and mitigation and there are so many ways to get involved:

TIME

Do you have spare time in the day/week/month to help with preparation and prevention efforts e.g. Packing tarps, buckets, setting up the storeroom and preparing contact lists

SKILLS

Do you have training and experience in nursing, paramedics, disaster logistics or IT systems and want to volunteer those services to strengthen preparation and prevention efforts?

FINANCES

Can you invest financially through a once off donation via EFT, Zapper, PayPal? Or connect us to existing Disaster Partners to collaborate and strengthen efforts to reduce the impact of disasters together.

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Contact Details

Cathy Whittle

Email: disaster@domino.org.za
Phone:
+27 (0) 31 563 9605
Fax: +27 (0) 31 563 1001

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