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International Organizations

Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) handles public inquiries related to international emergencies.  The Center operated under a grant from the United States Agency for International Development's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is a valuable resource to the public, as well as US government agencies, foreign embassies and international corporations.

Coordination Center for Natural Disaster Prevention in Central America (CEPREDENAC) was created with the participation of the governments of Costa Rica , El Salvador, Guatemala , Honduras , Nicaragua, and Panama . It was created to promote and coordinate international cooperation during disasters, to provide technical support and to promote the use and facilitate the exchange of best practices in the region.

InterAction is the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations. It has more than 160 members operating in every developing country.

Inter-American Development Bank assists its Latin American and Caribbean borrowing member countries in formulating development policies and provides them with financing and technical assistance. TheDisaster Risk Management area provides financing for the prevention and mitigation of disasters resulting from natural hazards and strengthens local and regional capacities to manage risks.
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International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an independent organization whose mission is to protect victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance. It directs and coordinates the international relief activities conducted by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in situations of conflict.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is a humanitarian organization that provides assistance to victims of natural disasters, poverty brought about by socio-economic crises, refugees, and victims of health emergencies.
The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) is a strategy promoted by the United Nations that aims at building disaster resilient communities. It promotes increased awareness of the importance of disaster reduction as an integral component of sustainable development. The website has links to valuable disaster-related documents published by United Nations agencies.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency with 100 years of experience in working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas . It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization and is part of the United Nations system.

PAHO: Disasters and Humanitarian Assistance Page
PAHO: Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Area

The Regional Disaster Information Center for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRID) for its Spanish acronym) is a multi-agency center whose main purpose is to facilitate the access to technical and scientific information about the prevention, mitigation, and response to disasters, thereby improving disaster awareness and capacity to respond in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean .
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ReliefWeb is the world’s leading on-line gateway to information (documents and maps) on humanitarian emergencies and disasters. It assists the international humanitarian community in effective delivery of emergency assistance, by providing timely, reliable and relevant information as events unfold, while emphasizing the coverage of "forgotten emergencies" at the same time. ReliefWeb is administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) plays an advocacy role on the need for a shift in emphasis from relief and emergency response to prevention and increased preparedness and education of potentially affected populations. The approach supported by UNESCO stresses the merit of preventive approaches through the design and dissemination of mitigation measures, proper information education and public awareness.

UNESCO – Natural Disaster Reduction

United Nations Centre for Regional Development with its research at the Hyogo Office is focusing on sustainability in community-based Disaster Management, with the aim of achieving the safety and sustainability of livelihoods through effective disaster mitigation.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States. USAID facilitates and coordinates U.S. Government emergency assistance when natural and man-made disasters occur overseas.
Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)
USAID Humanitarian Assistance
The World Bank is an internation agency responsible for providing finance to countries for purposes of development and poverty reduction, and for encouraging and safeguarding international investment. The Bank provides loans, technical assistance and policy guidance to its developing-country members. The Hazard Risk Management team provides technical support to World Bank operations, promotes capacity-building, and establishes partnerships with the international and scientific community working on disaster issues.
The World Health Organization (WHO) is the United Nations specialized agency for health. WHO's objective is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Through its disaster preparedness and response programs for Europe , Latin America and the Western pacific Region, WHO provides political and technical support to institutional Member States and, with partners, helps countries prepare for and act appropriately in disasters.
Disaster preparedness and response program for Europe
Established in 1950, theWorld Meteorological Organization (WMO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations for meteorology (weather and climate), operational hydrology and related geophysical sciences. From weather prediction to air pollution research, climate change related activities, ozone layer depletion studies and tropical storm forecasting, WMO coordinates global scientific activity to allow increasingly prompt and accurate weather information and other services for public, private and commercial use, including international airline and shipping industries.
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