Disaster Response Resources

The following resources provide information on addressing the critical issues surrounding a humanitarian disaster.
community-based-psychosocial-services-in-humanitarian-assistance-a-facilitator-s-guideC9E140E7D626A0E87DA7FA87  Community Based Psychosocial Services in Humanitarian Assistance: A Facilitator’s Guide [PDF]
The field staff of the Network of Action by Churches Together (ACT) has experienced a growing awareness of the need for psychosocial services in major emergencies and disasters. A lot of work has been done in this field. Often this work has not been labeled as psychosocial work and therefore the work has not been counted and reported. This guide meets the need to train community-based psychosocial workers following major emergencies or disasters.

The choice of topics that are included in this guide is made out of our common experience as the most essential to build awareness and knowledge in psychosocial assistance in humanitarian assistance.
 conflict-and-health Conflict and Health
Conflict and Health is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal encompassing all aspects of the intertwined relationship between health and conflict. Millions of people around the world are caught between the vicious spiral of violent conflict and poor health. The journal will focus on the intricate relationship between conflict and health, and how health interventions in war zones may contribute to peace.
 emergency-preparedness-and-response-handbook Emergency Preparedness and Response Handbook [PDF]
This handbook aims to assist Catholic Relief Services country programs to improve accountability to disaster affected population and to donors through the design and implementation of high quality emergency preparedness and response programs.
 emergency-response-manual-medical-teams-international Emergency Response Manual [PDF]
This manual is intended to help World Health Organization staff in the Western Pacific Region to act effectively and efficiently in response to emergency situations which impact on people’s health and on health services.

Distilled from official documents and recent WHO technical reports and publications, it provides concise memory aids, fact sheets and checklists.
 disaster-response-medical-teams-international Field Operations Guide for Disaster Assessment and Response [PDF]
This Field Operations Guide for Disaster Assessment and Response has been developed by USAID and related organizations as a reference tool for individuals sent to disaster sites to undertake initial assessments or to participate as members of an OFDA Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).

The guide contains information on general responsibilities for disaster responders, formats and reference material for assessing and reporting on populations at risk, DART position descriptions and duty checklists, descriptions of OFDA stockpile commodities, general information related to disaster activities, information on working with the military in the field and a glossary of acronyms and terms used by OFDA and other organizations with which OFDA works. 
 MTI-emergency-response-good-enough-guide The Good Enough Guide [PDF]
What difference are we making? How do we know? The Good Enough Guide, provided by the Emergency Capacity Building Project, helps busy field workers to address these questions.

It offers a set of basic guidelines on how to be accountable to local people and measure program impact in emergency situations. Its ‘good enough’ approach emphasizes simple and practical solutions and encourages the user to choose tools that are safe, quick and easy to implement.
 MTI-disaster-response-humanitarian-sphere-project The Sphere Project Handbook
The aim of the Sphere Project is to improve the quality of assistance provided to people affected by disasters, and to enhance the accountability of the humanitarian system in disaster response.
 MTI-humanitarian-Red-Cross-Staying-Alive-Security-Guidelines Staying Alive: Safety and Security Guidelines for Humanitarian Volunteers in Conflict Areas [PDF]
Security is an important concern for those engaged in humanitarian action. The International Committee of the Red Cross is anxious to give to its staff all possible training and guidance in this field.

A greater awareness of security-related issues will in some cases help avert incidents and in most cases lessen their consequences.
  These links provide a wide range of courses in the following key topics: Disaster Risk Response (DRR), Emergency health, Nutrition/food security, safety and security.
UNHCR courses, UNICEF, online learning courses.
  The Emergency Capacity Building Project is a joint effort by many humanitarian organizations to help country offices be ready in case of emergencies.
  Minimal Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in Crisis Situations (MISP) - a distance learning module produced by the Women's Refugee Commission with support from UNHCR.