Be Prepared for Natural Disasters With Mr. Radar!!

To mark the 90th anniversary of the Relief and Community Health Bureau (RCHB) of the Thai Red Cross on 23 December 2010, RCHB has created a cartoon booklet titled “Be Prepared for Natural Disasters With Mr. Radar!!” with an aim of promoting RCHB’s work in disaster preparedness and response. It also aims at helping children and youth become aware of how disaster preparedness can help them and their loved ones.


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RCRC Movement Calls For ‘Humanized Recovery’ From Disasters at World Urban Forum | 7-13 February 2018 | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF9) on 11 February 2018 heard a call from the International Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement for greater accountability after disasters that may leave survivors bereaved and struggling to find shelter, food, and water. RCRC Movement specialists believe disasters, climate change, and conflicts are felt most acutely in cities that are often growing rapidly without proper planning, and are calling for increased investment in disaster risk reduction (DRR).

“Building back better without accountability to the people we serve harms human dignity,” Xavier Castellanos, IFRC Asia-Pacific Regional Director, told a special session of WUF9 in Kuala Lumpur. Better policy-making and planning are needed to humanise recovery, he said, along with more investment in DRR, climate adaptation and greater engagement with communities affected by disaster. Click here for more information.



Regional Resilience Initiative Lessons Learned Workshop | 21-23 February 2018 | Bangkok, Thailand

The Lessons Learned (LL) workshop is the opportunity for project stakeholders to come together and share insights and experiences of working with and on the Regional Resilience Initiative (RRI) project. Stakeholders are facilitated – through a structured analysis approach – to share opinions, perspectives and experiences related to the project. The main LL approach is essentially a project assessment that can be framed as key questions as follows:

1. What worked well in the project?
2. What could have been improved in the project?
3. What could and should be done differently next time?

The LL exercise should draw on both positive experiences i.e. good ideas that improve project efficiency and/or effectiveness, as well as negative experiences.

In April 2014, IFRC launched the RRI project, which was a 4-year endeavour funded by the Canadian Government (GAC – Global Affairs Canada) and the Canadian Red Cross (CRC). The Initiative supported 11 National Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) Societies (NS) in Southeast Asia with the overarching goal of reducing the impact of natural disasters on vulnerable communities.

Specifically, the Initiative sought to enhance skills and capacities within NS so that they could advocate more strongly at national and regional levels for the needs of communities in disaster risk reduction (DRR). This approach was complemented by the strengthening of regional partnerships, both within RCRC networks and with key partners such as the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat and other regional stakeholders.

In August 2017 a consultancy was commissioned to support the RRI Country Cluster Support Team (CCST) to illustrate the overall picture of RRI achievements in terms of intended outcomes, progress towards outcomes, and main achievements secured through the Initiative. A key part of this process was the hosting of a Lessons Learned workshop toward the end of the consultancy aimed at helping validate key findings and promote the learning gained from the RRI experience to a wider stakeholder audience.1 The workshop will be held over a period of 2 ½ days between 21-23 February 2018.

Click on these links to find more information on the workshop:
Concept note
Workshop agenda
Participant list

Pre-workshop reading materials
RRI infographic
– Case studies (4): Disaster Law, Gender and Diversity, Support to ASEAN, and Resilience Library
– Summary of the RRI Steering Committee Meeting in May 2017
– “Community Voices” videos (6) from Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar (Fire), ThailandLaos, and Vietnam.
Timor Leste Red Cross ( CVTL) promoting community resilience


Opening Remarks

  • Opening remarks by Ambassador of Canada to the ASEAN Marie-Louise Hannan
  • Opening remarks by Deborah Cote, Program Manager Asia, International Operations, Canadian Red Cross
  • Opening remarks by Marwan Jilani, Head of CCST, IFRC Bangkok


Day 1:

Day 2:

Session 1: Localisation

Session 2: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Session 3: Advocacy

Session 4: Peer-to-peer support and networking



** Workshop report **