Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Emergency Management

RDFG works through its Disaster Risk Disaster (DRR) Center to enhance the resilience of communities to disasters caused by manmade and natural hazards and promote the culture of prevention through provision of coordinated and systematic awareness-raising, capacity building and technical assistance in the field of DRR to communities, state and non-state actors at national and local levels.

Institutional and Policy Reform
Within close cooperation with Emergency Management Service (EMS), RDFG assists to adopt a proactive integrated institutional and policy reform of crisis management system of Georgia to ensure self-resilient communities to various types of multi-hazards.
 
With the help of donor organizations, we assist the government in capacity building, supporting them with line strategy documents, aiming to improve the legal and regulatory environment in the country. This includes relevant policy statement, strategy, legislation/regulations, procedures, enforcement acts, codes of practice, protocols, guidance, and framework documents in the sphere of Emergency Management, Environment Protection and Climate Change Adaption.
 
RDFG actively participates in the institutional development of the crisis management system of the country, ensuring an inclusive and participative operational structure for emergency management and disaster risk reduction policies in rural areas.
Awareness Raising and Building Risk Knowledge
RDFG increases awareness about the disasters caused by natural and man-made hazards, knowledge and capacity of communities and education authorities in pilot schools in hazard-prone areas to better prepare for, mitigate, and respond to disasters.
Community Resilience
RDFG Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Center in Georgia aims to bring together Emergency Management/ DRR professionals supporting our organization in the establishment of the educational and advisory resource/facility in this sector. This was initiated because of the obvious significant lack of related knowledge and specialists in the governmental, private, and civil sectors, who could facilitate promotion and integration of DRR agenda in their respective fields.
 
The establishment and operation of DRR Center provides contribution to the processes of improvements and protection of the natural environment, safe social infrastructure and the formation of informed and prepared communities that will to the increased resiliencies of communities, and further sustainable development of Georgian society.
DRR in Education
For ensuring Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) education among youth, RDFG supports formal education along with non-formal education. We technically assist educational institutions in curriculum development, are involved in standards development and adoption, and introduce new models and technologies. As for the non-formal educational initiatives, RDFG applies DRR youth club approach in schools, engages young people in community development activities, runs awareness-raising campaigns, and advocates end by youth.
 
RDFG establishes DRR clubs and facilitates disaster risk reduction measures for schools and communities, raise awareness about natural hazards, environmental protection, and climate change issues.
Risk Assessment
As one of the initiators of common tools development process in Georgia for hazards, vulnerability and risk assessment, the DRR Center actively works and participates in design and revision activities of different types of guidelines, standards and templates and in the frame of UNDP project has translated in Georgian UNDRR terminology.
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RDFG works on the development of disaster risk assessment methodology. Within strengthening the national emergency management system, to provide the technical assistance, RDFG DRR Center closely partners with the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia and other stakeholders to facilitate the enhancement of emergency management information system at the central and local levels in the country. Within the framework of the mentioned cooperation, RDFG’s disaster risks reduction and emergency management experts actively work with rural population – this includes permanent meetings with local communities and city halls representatives, assessing manmade and natural hazards, and elaborating local emergency plans.
Safe Environment Building (Industrial Accident Prevention)
In country with economy in transition, major hazards arising from industrial accidents can have not only local effects but also transboundary impacts. These may be caused by obsolete industrial equipment and infrastructure, shortcomings in institutional settings, limited administrative and technical capacities, as well as the lack of high quality/specialized national competent authorities and operators of industrial enterprises.
 
RDFG increases the efficiency of public administration and supports the provision of the necessary cooperation mechanisms that become an important prerequisite for meeting the industrial safety requirements, which aims to protect the environmental and human health.
COVID-19
During emergencies, RDFG raises funds to help the most vulnerable people living in extreme poverty. As for the COVID-19 pandemic, lots of people from various countries donated to the RDFG fund – with this money we have procured and provisioned food and non-food items for people living in rural areas.
 
We also sourced and procured hospital field tents which were deployed to quarantine zones across Georgia and after the crisis is overcome, they will be handed over to the CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) Incidents Response Division (Rapid response team) of the Fire and Rescue Forces Department at the Emergency Management Service of Georgia.