DRRAG December 2008 Conference
REDI (Rotary Emergency Distaster Initiative) and DRRAG (Disaster Relief Rotary Action Group) held its 2008 Conference in December in Nassau, Bahamas. View pictures below:
DRRAG Provides Missing Link
Disaster Relief Rotary
Action Group (DRRAG) Provides “Missing Link” among Rotarians
to better respond to global communities struck by disaster
The New DRRAG community will connect 1.2 million Rotary Club members in massive network focused on increasing the effectiveness of global relief efforts. “The community will give DRRAG the capacity to better engage Rotarians in our disaster relief outreach and provide a mechanism for action,” says John Eberhard, DRRAG Chairman. “Together IGLOO and DRRAG will be a constructive force for good in the service outreach of Rotarians.”
Eberhard says Rotary International has long played a role in relief efforts, most recently in Myanmar, China, the Caribbean, India, Pakistan, and the southern USA. “But by using powerful new community and Web 2.0 social networking software, DRRAG will significantly increase the support for our member clubs to coordinate relief efforts, funnel donations and provide support for the implementing agencies on the ground.”
When a disaster occurs, specially trained professionals from one of the more than 200 countries and geographical areas Rotary operates will tap into the DRRAG community to solicit support from members, provide volunteering opportunities, provide links to other international emergency management NGO’s and governments and keep them updated on relief efforts, and then channel information and resources to the dozens of agencies that respond to global crises.
DRRAG will use the community to respond to requests from District Governors of Rotary in affected areas to assist them in raising funds to respond to local disasters. Eberhard says DRRAG will be an enabler, supporting on-the-ground relief efforts of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other relief agencies. But he says that after temporary shelter and water and food have been provided, too often victims are left on their own. DRRAG will stay involved over a longer term to support health issues, education, governance, infrastructure and rebuilding efforts.
As a first step, the DRRAG community will play a key role in training club members globally using project protocols of how to respond to local crises. The program will focus on preparedness, response, recovery (rebuilding) and remediation. It will stress the importance of forging close links to other local emergency management organizations.
How can you get Involved? Process your annual membership fee of US$25.00 and you are a member of the DRRAG network.
Rotarian Action Group membership is open to Rotarians, Spouses of Rotarians and Rotaractors. We would like to ask every recipient to forward this email to all Rotarians in your personal network and have them join this rapidly growing network. For any questions about DRRAG or general enquiries, please do not hesitate any DRRAG zone, district and/or club coordinator.
We need your involvement & support. - John J. Eberhard, QC LLD., Chairman, DRRAG
The DRRAG Organization
The DRRAG Organizational Model
The main function of “Disaster Relief – Rotarian Action Group” (DRRAG) will be to ensure community preparedness, work on emergency response (disaster relief initiatives), and help in the coordination of any recovery and rebuilding programs in the areas affected. The ongoing role will be training, needs assessment, fundraising and working collaboratively with the Rotary International Network in global efforts to mitigate the immediate and long term affects of natural and other disasters.
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