The reality: In a significant disaster and emergency situation the government emergency response teams will not be able to reach victims for a period of 3 to 7 days! Most often the first responders are the Good Samaritans, the individuals who are at the scene with you during a disaster – earthquakes, hurricanes and typhoons, fires, flooding, tsunamis, and an active shooter, to name a few.
MERYCworldwide has launched a global initiative, The Good Samaritan Initiative, to build individual and community resilience through disaster-emergency preparedness and training, which will increase the opportunities for survival and recovery in individuals and in our communities.
; the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
; the ability to spring back into shape; elasticity.
; in the case of a disaster, the ability of a person or a community to return to a “new normal”.
Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC), makes a case for increased attention and resources on resilience in his 2016 report titled, Resilience: Saving Lives Today, Investing For Tomorrow:
Humanitarian need [related to disasters] has reached unprecedented levels and the aid sector is struggling to cope. Raising more money to meet ever-increasing need is not going to be adequate to handle future crises. Counting the number of people we reach is no longer a sufficient measure of success. Something must change. Pre-disaster investments must be taken more seriously to stem the increase in the number of crises.
The IFRC’s One Billion Coalition for Resilience [initiative] acknowledges that the key to success in building resilience is to mobilize a broad partnership of actors from local to global, committed to the common cause of building resilience at the individual or community level.
World Disasters Report, media.ifrc.org/ifrc/publications/world-disasters-report-2016/ Resilience: Saving Lives Today, Investing For Tomorrow
We ask your support in helping us in our efforts to serve people and save lives by building resiliency in people and in our communities.