First Annual FedEx Award for Innovations in Disaster Preparedness





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In 2013, InterAction, in alliance with FedEx, launched "The FedEx Award for Innovations in Disaster Preparedness" to recognize an innovative intervention that reduces communities’ vulnerability to hazards or natural disasters and increases their capacity to prevent or cope with such adverse events. Through this award, InterAction and FedEx aim to promote and share innovative ideas on how to improve disaster preparedness.

We are pleased to share the innovative work that organizations are doing in the area of disaster preparedness.

The winner of "The FedEx Award for Innovations in Disaster Preparedness" will be announced at InterAction's DRR Day in Washington, DC on October 17, 2013.




Homeowner-Driven, Technical Assistance for Safer Housing, Build Change
Build Change delivers sustainable, post-disaster housing reconstruction services in developing countries. Build Change empowers everyone in the construction-sector supply chain with the skills, tools and incentives to build safe houses. It also provides technical assistance and train-the-trainer programs to government officials to strengthen institutional capacity, reach a much greater scale and create sustainable change. (Indonesia, China, Haiti, Guatemala, Bhutan)


Disaster Preparedness Project, Kashmir (India), Civil Defence Organisation, Srinagar
This project was designed in response to the deadly earthquake in Jammu and Kashmir, India, in 2005. Through increased awareness and communication, and the development of earthquake preparedness and response plans, the project shifted the focus from responding to crises to a more preventative and preparedness-driven approach. A community-wide approach has been adopted to encourage citizens to be the response force in the wake of a disaster. (India)

The Regional Climate Risk Reduction Project, Department of Disaster Management, Punakah District Administration and the local government of Taewong Gewog
The Regional Climate Risk Reduction Project (RCRRP) integrated a comprehensive disaster risk management program with climate change adaptation interventions. The project assessed the risks and impacts of climate-induced hydro-meteorological hazards in Bhutan; identified and implemented community- based climate risk reduction and preparedness measures; and initiated the process of formulating policy frameworks for climate risk reduction and promotion of national and regional knowledge networking. (Bhutan)

The Eniware Portable, Power-Free Sterilizer, Eniware, LLC
To help disaster relief organizations deliver safe surgical care in the response and recovery phases of an emergency, Eniware provides a portable sterilizer in pre-positioned emergency prep kits that are deployed into the field with first-round responders. The room temperature portable sterilizer allows surgical teams to reuse medical equipment and instruments, without access to electricity, while maintaining quality and continuity of care. (Global)


Comunidades Resilientes: Locally-Driven Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction in Peru, Food for the Hungry
Comunidades Resilientes is a community-driven DRR program that puts the power in the hands of community leaders. It helps community leaders identify their own skills and resources to reduce their community's vulnerability to hazards or disasters and increase their capacity to prevent or cope with such adverse event. (Peru)


School Safety Preparedness Drills in Tibetan Schools in the Himalayan Region, GeoHazards Society
This project aims to help schools for Tibetan refugee children in the Himalayan region of India take positive steps towards disaster preparedness that lead to sustainable and comprehensive disaster safety in school. The centerpiece of the program is a School Shakeout Preparedness Drill, an earthquake drill held every year, and a region-wide campaign to raise awareness of earthquake and other disaster risks in the Himalayas. (India)

Ecovillage Strategies to Support Community Resilience for Disaster Preparedness, Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation, Global Eco-Village Network Oceania & Asia (GENOA)
The Ecovillage approach aims to reverse the trend of long-standing unsustainable use of natural resources that creates risk and vulnerability for poor and marginalized populations, to transform the livelihoods of rural populations to community-based sustainable development and climate change adaptation/DRR that encourage long-term sustainability and resilience. This is done through the introduction of appropriate low-carbon technologies, natural resource management, and long-term disaster preparedness and risk reduction planning. (India)

Collective Efforts for Disaster Risk Reduction in Madhubani and Suapul District of Bihar StateGhoghardiha Prakhand Swarajya Vikas Sangh (GPSVS)
This program adopts a holistic approach towards disaster risk reduction by implementing water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), rainwater harvesting, promotion of traditional health systems, integrated water resource management and organic farming activities. Local NGOs, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders are involved in the process to mainstream DRR activities throughout the flood-prone communities. (India)

Use of Mulberry Branches in Home Reconstruction, Retrofit and Repair, Habitat for Humanity
To reduce earthquake damage to housing and consequent threats to lives, this program developed innovative technology using timber framing and mulberry branches to retrofit mud brick walls to withstand earthquakes. The first phase of the project provided training in eight communities in Tajikistan and installed the technology in more than 300 rural homes. (Tajikistan)


Modeling Climate Smart and Resilient Communities in the Philippines, International Institute of Rural Reconstruction
Community-managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) is a development framework and tool which defines the role of the community in reducing disaster risks and building community resilience. CMDRR was implemented in coastal communities in the Philippines to create contingency planning, establish community response teams, establish early warning systems, raise awareness, and conduct community-wide drills. (Philippines)

PREPARE Project, International Medical Corps
PREPARE aimed to promote the integration of pandemic preparedness into wider disaster management and preparedness initiatives. Regional, national and local planning workshops and training exercises were organized and engaged people across critical public and private sectors of society. The resulting pandemic preparedness and response plans were integrated into disaster risk management frameworks within countries and across regions. (Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda)

Urban Risk Reduction and Climate Change, Kenya Red Cross Society
This project aims to enhance resilience of vulnerable urban communities in informal settlements to plan for, mitigate and respond to prevalent hazards and disasters by strengthening capacity at the local level. Community-based trainings help raise awareness of risks and encourage the drafting of community risk reduction plans that incorporate climate change adaptation. (Kenya)

Reducing Vulnerabilities in the Municipality of San Vicente, Lutheran World Relief
This year-long project aims to reduce vulnerabilities in seven communities in El Salvador that were identified by risk models as highly vulnerable to disasters. In addition to sensitizing the target communities to predicted physical vulnerabilities, the program will assist Civil Protection Commissions and volunteer brigades with new or updated emergency response plans, additional training and basic equipment, and provide training in Gender and Risk Management and in assessing economic vulnerability. (El Salvador)

Developing a Livestock Early Warning System (LEWS), Mercy Corps
The LEWS project developed and institutionalized an early warning system for livestock risk that delivers accurate weather and forage information in real time and forecasts across Mongolia. The project strengthens local capacity to plan for and respond to impending weather events and environmental conditions. By developing this infrastructure, LEWS enables local and regional government officials to make timely and specific management decisions. (Mongolia)

Condensed Disaster Mitigation Through a Community Based Practical Training Programme, Nature and Life Savers Association
This disaster program provides disaster response training to Himalayan communities. The program recruits and prepares a team of Master Trainers, who then train other volunteers, such as doctors, students, police, and engineers, to respond to a number of disasters including earthquakes, floods, and avalanches. The program also focuses on coordinating various local government departments and community organizations that play a crucial role in disaster response. (India)

Development of a Disaster Corps for the African, Pan African Food Aid Programme Standard Life Care Foundation
The development of a disaster corps would help to establish an on-the-ground group of volunteers for disaster response operations; help in relief and flood operations when the nearby river overflows; and ensure that lessons learned can be used to develop a relief operational plan for other African communities. (Nigeria)

Global Disaster Preparedness for Clinicians, Relief International
The Global Disaster Preparedness for Clinicians program is two intensive disaster preparedness courses for volunteer physicians.
The program aims to help clinicians plan effectively for individual volunteers; prepare emergency response kits; prepare effectively to work in extreme environments; to communicate and work adeptly in unfamiliar cultural contexts; to assess situations effectively in a disaster; to effectively diagnose and treat trauma and illnesses that are common in disaster settings; and to lead others on disaster response teams. (Global)

Save the Hills, Save the Hills
Local NGO Save the Hills was formed in Kalimpong in 2007, primarily to raise awareness  on the severe landslide problem affecting  the Darjeeling and Sikkim Himalayas in India. Through workshops conducted at various levels, several documentary films, an early warning system based on tracking the movement of storms on broadband internet, and monitoring of rainfall and landslide activity, Save the Hills aims to make mountain communities in this region more resilient to landslide disasters. (India)

Local Multi-Stakeholder Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction, Seeds India
SEEDS established this program to improve local governance for resilience through citizen participation and advocacy; improve humanitarian assistance by including small and everyday local disasters and prevent increased risk; and improve resource mobilization for disaster risk reduction activities at the local level. Communities are encouraged to participate in citizen forums and emergency preparedness training. (India)

Ability of Local Multi-Stakeholder Action to Catalyze Shifts in Program and Policy Environment Towards Mainstreaming DRR CCA, Seeds India
This SEEDS project examines policy positions adopted by district planners post-disaster and assesses the extent to which these positions integrate disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) into long-term recovery and preparedness planning. The organization conducts extensive research on various levels of disaster response and recovery plans and helps to set standards for bringing about a larger integration of DRR and CCA for resilient development. (India)

Girls Quake Science and Safety Initiative, Teachers Without Borders
This project connects science inquiry training with prevention and planning, supported by community leaders and regional geologists. Teachers and students are engaged in a 12-module earthquake science and safety curriculum that is adapted to meet local conditions and is designed to connect science with safety and raise awareness of structural and non-structural hazards during an earthquake. (China, Haiti, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Afghanistan and India)


Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation, and Recovery for Food Bank Leaders, The Global FoodBanking Network
The Food Bank Leadership Institute is an annual forum to share knowledge and insight to strengthen and expand existing food bank operations. In 2014, content will be expanded to increase awareness of the role food banks can play in disasters and share best practices and practical, operational guidance. This is a unique opportunity for food bank leaders from around the world to gain expertise in addressing basic human needs associated with disasters. (Global)

Enhanced Community Disaster Resilience and Minimize Losses through Village Resource Center, UDYAMA
UDYAMA operates in the cyclone-prone area of Odisha state in India and helps to build and practice long-term resiliency, create community safety nets, and minimize loss due to recurring disasters. The project serves as an informational resource to entire communities not only on disaster warnings, but also on other issues like water and sanitation, health, employment programs and natural resource management. (India)

Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction into Udayapur West Area Development Program, World Vision International Nepal
The goal of this Area Development Program (ADP) is to build on existing capacities of the communities in Udayapur West, Nepal and strengthen their resilience in the disaster-prone area. The program focuses on livelihoods, education and nutrition. The DRR lens was used in the beginning of the design process to create a development program that safeguards the intervention by considering risks, vulnerabilities and local capacities involved. (Nepal)

Towards Resilient Communities in West Jenin Cluster, World Vision-Jerusalem-West Bank-Gaza
Through this program World Vision-Jerusalem-West Bank-Gaza targets communities in remote areas that are not part of government-provided disaster risk reduction services. Targeted communities are identified to receive training to respond to disasters both large and small and to establish community-based emergency centers. (Palestine)