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Role of the NGO

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  1. Role of the NGO

  2. Guidelines NGO’s who participate in the NGO Council must subscribe to these guidelines. • Local Governments in Alberta are first responders to an emergency or disaster and they manage the disaster response within their jurisdiction, for its duration. 2. Any NGO participating in the NGO Council must be capable of responding to the needs of disaster victims in any community anywhere in Alberta. NGO Council of Alberta

  3. Guidelines Cont.. 3. The council provides a forum for the open and free flow of non confidential information and includes, but is not limited to, available resources to aid disaster victims, planned or developing programs in disaster response and recovery and general information on the mandate and purpose of an NGO’s disaster response role. 4. As the council is for he sharing of disaster resource information, NGO’s are not required to share information about their day to day operations or clients unless they so choose. NGO Council of Alberta

  4. Guidelines Cont.. • The council provides a structure for the sharing of information on and cooperation in meeting the need of specific victims and evacuees. NGO’s who subscribe to these guidelines agree that information on specific individuals, families or other persons is not for public knowledge. • NGO’s will not use disaster events to compete with other NGO Council members for client or donor recognition nor for proselytizing victims of disaster to any organization, religion, form of belief or cause. • In instances of prolonged victim distress arising from a disaster NGO’s agree to cooperate fully in the assessment of, provision of resources for, and meeting of victim needs. However, no NGO is required to share resources that they do not normally provide or do not have. NGO Council of Alberta

  5. Provision of Resources • Child Care • Community needs survey • Counseling • Emergency food and clothing • First Aid • Grief support • In-kind and financial donations management • Property cleanup and restoration • Provision of temporary shelter • Rebuilding of homes • Victim and evacuee identification and location NGO Council of Alberta

  6. NGO Council Regular Member Organizations: • Canadian Convention of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief • Canadian Red Cross • Christian Reformed World Relief Committee • Disaster Child Care • Mennonite Disaster Service • St. John Ambulance • The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services • Alberta Emergency Management Agency (Affiliate Member) NGO Council of Alberta

  7. Canadian Convention of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief The Canadian Convention of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is Christian love in action – meeting urgent needs of humanity in crisis situations. The CCSB DR is prepared to offer the following services to anywhere in Alberta in the event of a major disaster or emergency: • Feeding • Power Tool Cleanup • Flood Restoration • Rebuilding Volunteers are available to help individuals and families impacted by a variety of disasters recover from their loss. Skilled and unskilled volunteers are available in such areas as painting, carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, roofing, brick and block laying, landscaping and handyman services. NGO Council of Alberta

  8. Canadian Red Cross • The Canadian Red Cross provides individuals or families with emergency food, clothing and shelter for up to 72 hours immediately following all levels of disaster. Personal disasters include individual house fires, apartment evacuations, housing condemnations, floods and other catastrophes. • 24/7 365. All services are provided at no charge. • We support national and international disaster relief work. In addition to providing urgent emergency services, Canadian Red Cross also offers a family reunification service to local residents who have lost touch with loved ones abroad. Individuals and groups may also call (780) 423-2680 for information on our Emergency Personal Preparedness Programs and Disaster Social Services Courses. NGO Council of Alberta

  9. Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) The Disaster Response Services of the CRWRC provides relief and recovery services to people affected by disasters in partnership with community based long term recovery organizations. • Assist in minor or major repairs and rebuilding of homes • Provide community needs assessment • Assist Long Term Recovery Organizations to develop definite recovery systems and programs These are among the many services the volunteers are willing and ready to provide. Major strengths of the DRS include community needs assessment and long term recovery. NGO Council of Alberta

  10. Disaster Child Care • Disaster Child Care is a national organization that responds to children following disaster, providing specialized child care that focuses on using play to help children work through their feelings and regain control over their environment. Equipped with a “Kit of Comfort”, volunteers set up child care facilities in reception centers and/or shelters, allowing parents and emergency response workers to focus on the task of disaster recovery. Volunteers have successfully completed training, assessment and criminal record checks prior to being mentored into the program. Many use their skills on a regular basis with children who have experienced disaster or trauma. NGO Council of Alberta

  11. Disaster Child Care provides the following services: • Provision of child care in disaster settings. • Setting up and maintaining child care centers • Information and support to parents • Ongoing support for community programs that work with children who have experienced trauma Training offered by Disaster Child Are: • Training for child care givers • Orientation for emergency response workers • Orientation for professionals that work with children NGO Council of Alberta

  12. Mennonite Disaster Service Mennonite Disaster Service is the disaster response arm of the Mennonite and related churches in Canada and the US. While the main focus is on clean up, repair & rebuilding homes, this activity becomes a means of touching lives and helping people regain faith and wholeness. MDS is a recovery and not an emergency response organization; it provides: • Cleanup of residences after floods and windstorms • Repair and rebuilding of owner-occupied homes after floods, windstorms and fires • Recovery assessment & physical & emotional support NGO Council of Alberta

  13. Mennonite Disaster Service MDS provides volunteer leadership and labor for these activities, not heavy equipment for cleanup. Special emphasis is placed on helping those least able to recover on their own: • Uninsured • Elderly • Disabled • Widowed/single parent • Low income NGO Council of Alberta

  14. St. John Ambulance Alberta Council The mission of St. John Ambulance is to enable Canadians to improve their health safety and quality of life by providing training and community service. Services provided by St. John Ambulance: • Primary patient care to disaster survivors at Reception Centers • Primary patient care to volunteers who are involved in clean up, repair and rebuilding operations. Our volunteers are located in seven centers across AB including Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat NGO Council of Alberta

  15. The Salvation ArmyEmergency Disaster Services The Salvation Army provides food, shelter and other assistance to people regardless of age, religious affiliation, gender or race and also responding to acute needs of people involved in disaster situations. The Salvation Army can respond anywhere in Alberta to assist victims for flood, fire, storms, tornadoes or any other emergency situation – not only during the critical disaster recovery phase but long after the immediate tragedy, rebuilding towns, families and lives that have been affected NGO Council of Alberta

  16. The Salvation ArmyEmergency Disaster Services In addition to deploying it’s well-equipped mobile canteens, The Salvation Army will send Officers, Soldiers, Employees and volunteers to: • Provide meals to victims and emergency response personnel • Provide clothing and furniture to victims of a disaster • Provide counseling and critical incident stress debriefing to victims • Provide emotional and spiritual support for families and individuals who need help • Provide other help as directed NGO Council of Alberta

  17. Membership Membership on the NGO Council is open to any not-for-profit Non-Government organization which meets the following criteria: • They are not affiliated with any government or government Organization • They wish to cooperate with other disaster relief organizations and will subscribe to the “Guidelines for cooperation outlined on page 3 of The Disaster Help Book which is now available. • They offer one or more social or heath services to individuals, families or the general public to meet a legitimate disaster relief need. • They agree not to proselytize victims of disaster to any organization, religion, form of belief or cause. • They are prepared to offer their services to any community anywhere in Alberta without promise of reimbursement from outside sources. NGO Council of Alberta

  18. Contacts Major Roy Langer (Chair) The Salvation Army 9618 101a Ave Edmonton, AB T5H 0C7 Phone: (780)412-2734 cell: (780) 221-7920 Email: Roy_Langer@can.salvationarmy.org Canadian Red Cross 9931-106 St. Edmonton, AB. T5K 1E2 Phone: Email: NGO Council of Alberta

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