Participant National Societies and Governments
Partnerships between sectors is crucial in order to respond to emergencies across the region. During the first session on 24 June, Partner National Societies, along with allies from governments shared their experiences and lessons learned in past hurricane seasons and other emergencies, especially in the Caribbean region.
The American Red Cross and USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance shared a concise explanation on how, as a Red Cross National Society, can apply to funds like the Initial Relief Assistance program. An important reminder for National Societies in the region is that, during peacetime, validate and update codes like the SAMS and DUNS, which are always needed to apply for USAID funds. An important aspect of the partnerships with USAID and American Red Cross are the different programs that are taking place in the region to build resilience in communities and prepare for emergencies.
PIRAC and French Red Cross exchanged their perspectives on working together in different crises and emergencies, especially in the Caribbean, like the dengue epidemics, responding to hurricanes Eta and Iota in 2020, and currently, responding to floods in Guyana and the volcanic explosion of La Soufriere in St. Vincent. Partnerships between PIRAC, the French Red Cross, and local national societies build the capacity of responding to emergencies in an agile way and support more families and communities.
Finally, the British Red Cross and the UK government shared the experiences of the British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean. Different territories, amid the pandemic, have worked to contain COVID19 outbreaks and built resilience and capacities to prepare for the 2021 Hurricane Season. An important goal for the response in the region: working on medium- and long-term recovery and supporting the region to respond and build capacities.