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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

Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami Response Update

CWS Indonesia | December 4, 2018

CWS continues supporting and augmenting Government response to the late September earthquake and tsunami by distributing 3,000 collapsible jerry cans, 2,750 mosquito nets, 6,000 mats and 4,000 solar lamps from UNHCR to affected families……

Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami Response Update

CWS Indonesia | November 16, 2018

Today, CWS is distributing 200,000 liters of clean water daily at 24 locations. This is accomplished with a fleet of seven trucks and reaches more than 16,000 people from 3,693 households every day……

Central Sulawesi Earthquake and Tsunami Response Update

CWS Indonesia | November 5, 2018

CWS started water distributions on October 4th. Today, CWS is distributing 80,000 liters of clean water daily at 16 locations for 6,200+ people affected by the Central Sulawesi earthquake……

CWS Sends Relief Supplies to Central Sulawesi While Continuing to Care for Children Affected by Japan’s July Floods

CWS Japan | October 4, 2018

“This summer, we have lost a lot, including all our family photos of our memories. I am very thankful that my child now has such a lovely new memory.”– One YMCA camper’s mom. Forty elementary school children from Mabi, a town hard hit in July’s torrential rains in western Japan, just got a respite from […]

CWS Is Coordinating with Humanitarian Partners to Respond to Indonesia’s Latest Earthquake and Tsunami

CWS Indonesia | October 2, 2018

Immediately after the news of Saturday’s (29th September 2018) twin natural disasters hitting Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, CWS staff were in action to partner with ACT Alliance and Humanitarian Forum Indonesia colleagues to determine how best to respond in the immediate aftermath of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and the tsunami it caused. Additionally, CWS Japan colleagues […]

CWS and the YMCA Join Together to Support Flood-affected Children in Western Japan

CWS Japan | October 1, 2018

In continuing response to western Japan’s severe storms and flooding, CWS is happy to report that our partnership with the YMCA has supported a camping event for 40 children from the disaster-affected areas in Okayama prefecture. Thanks to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, some of the children who survived the crisis found a bit […]

Western Japan Floods: Old-fashioned ‘Technology’ Helps Evacuees Share Key Information

CWS Japan | September 20, 2018

In addition to local coordination structures and groups, a mechanism was needed to coordinate agencies in Tokyo since a key unresolved issue was that insufficient information about available government support schemes, including subsidies and legal assistance. Since information was being sought in a scattered way, i.e., by different agencies, an urgent effort to integrate and […]

CWS Bring Timely Help to Many Families in Vietnam

By Nguyen Thi Lan Anh, Vietnam Administrative and Program Support Officer | September 19, 2018

I met Chao Kien Hin, a 66-year-old man from the Dao ethnic group during a recent emergency relief materials distribution event and was pleased that he took some time to tell me about his son’s family, which was greatly affected in one of our recent severe rainstorms. Here is what Mr. Hin told me: while […]

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 […]

CWS Liaising with Local Partners in Response to Earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia

CWS Indonesia | August 6, 2018

When a second earthquake within a week struck Lombok, Indonesia yesterday, 5th August 2018, CWS staff were immediately in touch with ACT Alliance colleagues from YAKKUM Emergency Unit and Pelkesi, both ACT Alliance members, which are already responding to the less damaging July 29th quake and are ready to respond to this latest disaster. According to […]

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

Indonesia |

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 […]

CWS Responds to Western Japan’s Floods: Emergency Appeal Issued and Early Recovery Work Begins

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 […]

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