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Disaster Response

A first aid practice scenario during a CWS-led information session for residents of Tana Toraja. Photo: CWS

CWS staff share emergency hygiene kits and water tanks with people affected by flash flooding and landslides in Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam. Photo: CWS

Japan’s Ecumenical Taskforce for SAIGAI (disaster) responds to Kyushu Island floods. Photo: CWS

CWS is engaged at the “disaster frontline” by actively working with the local communities on preparedness and response programs. At the global level, we actively network with the most influential disaster risk reduction organizations to advocate for better and stronger comprehensive policies.

We have developed a 3-pillar approach to reduce a community’s exposure to disasters and improve their resilience:

1. Community-based activities
From raising awareness to contributing to preparedness measures, hazard mapping and mitigation plans, CWS is working closely with communities to ensure that disaster risk reduction is a sustainable, integrated and community accepted concept leading to concrete improvements and strengthening community resilience.

2. Education and capacity building initiatives
Based on the belief that knowledge and interest lead to desire and action, we integrate disaster risk reduction education into school curriculum in close cooperation with local and central governments.

3. Advocacy
CWS and our partners jointly advocate for improved disaster risk reduction policies at international and local levels. We are active at international conferences and global platforms while also facilitating better policy practices and addressing implementation gaps at the local level.

Latest News

Lombok Earthquake: Eight Days Later

Mathilde Hutagaol | August 21, 2018

“I live near the beach. I am too afraid to go back to my house right now – that’s why I stayed with my two sons here in the camp. My husband is a fisherman. He went fishing today but only caught 10 fish, which isn’t enough to be sold to buy milk for my […]

Nothing Is Left. We Were Poor Already, and Now We Are Poor Again

CWS Vietnam | August 20, 2018

Coming to Lai Chau in mid-July about three weeks after flash floods and landslides there, CWS Emergency Response team members, despite their years of experience with helping poor people in their country, were surprised and moved to meet the families affected by a crushing natural disaster. The flash floods swept away almost all that families […]

Ecumenical collaboration strengthened for the 2018 Western Japan Floods

CWS Japan | August 19, 2018

In response to the worst weather disaster in Japan in more than three decades – one that has left 225 dead, many injured and ill, and other 4,000 still in evacuation centers, CWS Japan has provided its initial assistance through Japanese medical NGO, HuMA. Further, CWS is partnering with the YMCA to provide psychological care […]

UN OCHA Situation Report #3 on the Earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on 5th August 2018

Indonesia | August 10, 2018

1. The latest figures were issued by BNPB late this afternoon (9 August), and showed 270,168 people displaced and 1,033 people seriously injured. Displaced people are spread across 121 evacuation centres across North Lombok, East Lombok, West Lombok and Mataram City. The number of recorded deaths has reached 259 people. The earthquake has also damaged […]

UN OCHA Situation Report #2 on the Earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on 5th August 2018

Indonesia | August 7, 2018

1. In the press conference convened by BNPB today, 7 August 2018 at 13:00 hrs. the agency’s spokesperson reported that the number of victims continues to increase. Interim data collected by the BNPB Command Post recorded that 105 people died, 236 people were injured, thousands of houses were damaged and thousands of people are scattered […]

UN OCHA Situation Report #1 on the Earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on 5th August 2018

Indonesia | August 6, 2018

1. BMKG reported an earthquake of magnitude 7 RS with the epicenter at 15 km depth and 18 km north-west of East Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara on Sunday, 5 August 2018 at 18.46 Western Indonesian Time. There have been a number of aftershocks, with the largest being 6.9 RS. A tsunami warning was activated with […]

The 2018 Western Japan Floods: Situation Report #3

CWS Japan | July 21, 2018

Inside Mabi town in Okayama Prefecture, disaster debris is still piling up and reminding everyone of the recovery challenges ahead. All the debris must be cleared before people can to start rebuilding their homes, and many people’s emotional and physical recovery is just happening now. To first address the human challenge, HuMA, CWS partner in […]

The 2018 Western Japan Floods: Situation Report #2

CWS Japan | July 17, 2018

‘It is not a place, but a function where care provision for elderly with dementia is not interrupted’, said Tsuda from Budo-no-Ie (Grape House, a care house for elderlies in the area). As in the case of many areas in Japan, Mabi-cho in Okayama prefecture is facing with high elderly ratio in their population. As […]

The 2018 Western Japan Floods: Situation Report #1

CWS Japan | July 16, 2018

‘The worst weather disaster in Japan since 1982’. Torrential rain in Japan that started in early July resulted to massive floods and landslides in more than 11 prefectures in Japan. So far, 214 deaths have been confirmed, at least 20 people are still missing, and around 5,000 people reside in evacuation centers across the prefectures. […]

Emergency Aid for Afghan Returnees from Pakistan Continues with Japanese Funding

CWS Japan | March 15, 2018

During another harsh winter in eastern Afghanistan over the past five months, CWS Japan provided cash assistance to help families returning from Pakistan after years in exile to meet basic needs, including interventions to help prevent often-deadly acute respiratory illness among children. Since most families are living in extreme conditions without full shelter or heat, […]

ACT Alliance Humanitarian Appeal for Rakhine State Is Issued

CWS Myanmar | October 29, 2017

The current conflict in Rakhine State, Myanmar, started in 2012 and displaced about 140,000 people then. In 2015-2016, about 25,000 internally displace persons (IDP) were then resettled near their original home by the Myanmar government. But, in October 2016 when an armed group attacked national border guards in Northern Rakhine, the Myanmar army response led […]

Building Back Better

CWS Vietnam | October 16, 2017

In the midst of recent flash flooding in Yen Bai province in north, CWS Emergency Response Focal Person, Mai Thi Quynh Giao and WASH Officer, Nguyen Van Ty, led the CWS assessment teams and then recommended post-relief support to dozens of families who lost their homes in the flash floods. Here are two of their […]

CWS Responding to Flooding Caused By Unusually Heavy July Rains In Northern Kyushu Island, Japan

CWS Japan | October 4, 2017

While our U.S.-based team has been responding to hurricanes in Texas and Florida, our team in Japan has been responding to flooding caused by unusually heavy July rains in northern Kyushu island. Tragically, 36 people died in the flooding and aftermath. CWS has deployed Program Officer Yukiko Maki to help coordinate this response to unprecedented […]

CWS Supported Vulnerable Families in Mu Cang Chai, Vietnam

CWS Vietnam | October 3, 2017

In mid-September, CWS Vietnam’s team worked with other emergency responders to support vulnerable families in Mu Cang Chai village, whose homes were damaged or destroyed in a flash flooding following severe rains. After first sharing hygiene kits for immediate use, it was agreed that CWS would follow up to mitigate future safe water shortages by […]

ACT Indonesia Forum Preparing To Respond If Bali’s Mt. Agung Volcano Erupts

CWS Indonesia | October 2, 2017

Since September 22nd, Mt. Agung on Indonesia’s Bali island has shown increased volcanic activity, prompting the government to order the evacuation of around 75,000 people living nearby. Today, ACT Indonesia Forum members YEU (YAKKUM), ICCO-Cooperation and Lutheran World Relief are on the ground in Bali assessing the situation to identify possible gaps in the assistance […]

Japan’s Ecumenical Taskforce for SAIGAI (disaster) Responds to Kyushu Island Floods

CWS Japan | September 8, 2017

Heavy July rains caused massive flooding and disaster in northern Kyushu Island, which is the third largest and most southwesterly of Japan’s four main islands. Tragically, at least 36 people died during the flooding and aftermath. To support our ecumenical partners in Japan, CWS was fortunate to be able to deploy Program Officer Yukiko Maki […]

Many Villagers Are Their Own First Responders

CWS Indonesia | February 19, 2017

In Indonesia, a Village Disaster Preparedness Team is a group of volunteers who facilitates all activities related to disaster prevention, response preparedness (readiness) and any response needed. Lembang Paku village in Tana Toraja province is in a mountainous area about 50 kilometers from the nearest town. Landslides are a common occurrence in this part of […]

CWS helps others to the recent earthquake in Indonesia’s Pidie Jaya district in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam province

CWS Indonesia | December 15, 2016

CWS, as the convener of the ACT Indonesia Forum, coordinated the submission of a Rapid Response Fund (RRF) request to the ACT Alliance, and the request was approved on December 14th. Nearly $60,000 is now available to Indonesian ACT member YEU to partner with fellow ACT member NGO, Pelkesi, to ensure essential assistance for 1,000 […]

CWS and our ACT Alliance partners stand ready to respond to the needs of the Indonesian people affected by the earthquake in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam province

CWS Indonesia | December 8, 2016

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck Indonesia’s Pidie Jaya district in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam province at 05.03 local time on 7th December 2016. Assessments are ongoing, and Indonesia’s national disaster management agency (BNPB) has reported that close to 100 people have died and more than 600 have been injured. Around 200 buildings have either collapsed […]

CWS supported the Kumamoto YMCA-managed evacuation centers

CWS Japan | October 15, 2016

Five months after the devastating 7.0 [Richter scale] magnitude earthquake in Kumamoto, Japan, the Kumamoto YMCA-managed evacuation center at Mashiki Gymnasium will close. As such it is the last of 18 centers originally opened to help evacuees from Mashiki-town, one of the hardest hit areas. Since there are still 200 people living there, and not […]

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