In October a team of cbm New Zealand staff climbed aboard the Royal New Zealand Hercules Aircraft to join “SK-17” - a disaster simulation exercise run by the New Zealand Defence Force and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
More than 3,000 people from 13 nations took part in this large-scale disaster simulation exercise which included NZ based humanitarian responders and a coalition of military forces.
cbm joined eleven humanitarian agencies to set up and run a temporary settlement camp-site for internally displaced persons. Our role was to ensure that the specific needs of persons with disabilities are met during emergencies. We were fortunate to have the expertise of Gordon Rattray from cbm’s international Emergency Response Unit and Kata Tawaka from the Pacific Disability Forum.
cbm’s provided training for NZ humanitarian agencies, military forces and international emergency management personnel, teaching them how to ensure that people with disabilities are included during emergencies.
SK-17 provided the opportunity for us to build partnerships with other humanitarian agencies in order to work together to plan for inclusive disaster relief. This will ensure that those living with disabilities are not left behind in emergency response.