The Disaster Resilience toolkit (DR) consists of a range of tools and materials for enterprises to enable them to prepare for natural hazards and disasters. It ensures their commercial viability if a hazard strikes, and maintain the necessary protections for workers.
PROVIDING RESILIENCE MEASURES AGAINST NATURAL DISASTER SITUATIONS
Although the reality is that, in disaster situations, the private sector has provided humanitarian assistance for decades, their role in preparing, planning and responding to disaster is often underutilized.
Mechanisms to coordinate the private sector role (nationally, sectorally and regionally), either within the sector itself or with the government, tend to be top down and/or inadequate in practice. These factors clearly point to a more institutional role for representative business, with much that can be done through agreed policy and operating frameworks such as:
- Facilitating agreements, memorandums of understanding, or public-private partnerships between key service providers, to enable a “ready to go” response;
- Developing systems for effective cooperation between EBMOs and local governments;
- Promoting wider awareness of business contingency planning for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs);
- Advocating for financial assistance methods, such as clean loans, which can help the private sector get back on its feet after a disaster; and
- Providing subsidies to affected enterprises to enable them to secure and maintain operations post-disaster.
Disaster risk management has become all the more critical as the number of extreme weather events doubled over the last 40 year, increasing exposure and vulnerability.