Earthquake preparation, recovery and rebuilding is part of the work Red Cross do in Nepal. Throughout our mission as Youth Delegates we have learned several aspects of this. It is not only first aid trainings and rebuilding collapsed buildings, it is also about teaching people what to do when an earthquake shakes the ground under our feet.
Below you find a collection of our blogpost related to different aspects of Earthquake preparation, emergency response and recovery and rebuilding after an earthquake.
Youth have raised awareness about earthquake safety to the public. A school earthquake simulation was held in Damauli, Tanahun, teaching participants from over 50 districts to drop, cover and hold on. After the shaking people got of the building to seek safety in an open space. At the same time Red Cross Volunteers were providing First Aid to people in need. Young Volunteers have also learned First Aid which can save lives in everyday situation as well as if an earthquake happens. We have learned about houses being built back better and communities being rebuilt in Sindhupalchok, one of the most affected districts by the April Earthquake in 2015. When an earthquake does strike several humanitarian actors come together to help and this work must be coordinated and practiced. You can read more about this in our blogpost about earthquake simulation response - practicing what to do to help people.
Awareness raising, simulations, first aid knowledge and sharing our knowledge with others is essential for good prevention, response and recovery when an earthquake happens to ensure that we as Red Cross can help the most people, before, during and after catastrophes. And in this work youth can play a positive role.