Nongovernmental Resources to Support Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

Published in: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, v. 7, no. 4, Aug. 2013, p. 348-353

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2013

by Joie D. Acosta, Anita Chandra, Jeanne S. Ringel

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OBJECTIVE: Although recent emergencies or disasters have underscored the vital role of nongovernmental (NGO) resources, they remain not well understood or leveraged. We intended to develop an assets framework that identifies relevant NGO resources for disaster preparedness and response that can be used to assess their availability at state and local levels. METHODS: We conducted a search of peer-reviewed publications to identify existing asset frameworks, and reviewed policy documents and gray literature to identify roles of NGOs in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. A standardized data abstraction form was used to organize the results by NGO sector. RESULTS: We organized NGO assets into 5 categories: competencies, money, infrastructure or equipment, services, relationships, and data for each of the 11 sectors designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the 2011 preparedness capabilities. CONCLUSIONS: Our findings showed that the capacity of each sector to capture data on each asset type needs strengthening so that data can be merged for just-in-time analysis to indicate where additional relief is needed.

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