As soon as disaster strikes, we ensure that the ARVI team, our allied organisations in the area and our band of volunteers reach the site for evaluation and immediate relief. We reach out to the most vulnerable and excluded who are usually the last to receive relief. We ensure that single women, children, destitute, the aged, diseased are the first to receive relief and rehabilitation. We carry out our emergency preparedness and response in three phases:
Preparedness is critical to ensuring a timely and efficient emergency response. At ARVI, we focus on building preparedness at a range of different levels; from the household and community level, as well as within our teams and that of allied organisations. As affected people are usually the first responders in any emergency, we try to ensure that communities, partners and ARVI teams develop necessary skills, resources, information, systems and structures to effectively prepare for disasters, to reduce their impact and respond more efficiently.
We respond to emergencies as soon as it strikes. As a part of our first level of intervention, in coordination with local authorities, we focus on providing immediate support in the form of food, shelter, medical aid, hygiene and other non-food items for the survivors, such as sanitation kits for women. We also organise health camps, safe spaces for children and women, and provide psychosocial care to the survivors wherever required. Women’s participation and leadership roles in the disaster response is an extremely important part of this strategy
Soon after the immediate phase of emergency response, we begin our medium and long-term rehabilitation and resilience building process. In this phase, we help in rebuilding of homes, livelihood rehabilitation, food security, psycho-social counselling to affected people and aiding the restoration work of key infrastructures like schools and hospitals. This is done by a combination of sustained advocacy and mobilising community action.