1st Disaster Volunteer Summit Aims To Reunite Yolanda Volunteers And Help In Planning For Future Emergencies
One year ago, the strongest recorded storm to ever make landfall anywhere on earth ripped a path of destruction across the country and caused devastation on a scale never seen before. In the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda, thousands of people from the Philippines and further afield rose to the challenge, stretched out a helping hand and volunteered in whichever ways they could. The 1st Disaster Volunteer Summit aims to reunite many of those volunteers and hopes to help towards better preparedness for future disasters.
The event is being organized by the International Association of Volunteer Efforts (IAVE) and Oplan Hatid, and will take place on Wednesday, 05 November at the Skydome of SM North EDSA. It is open to everyone and the main aims are to provide volunteers and volunteer groups who helped in the rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts for Yolanda an opportunity to reunite and share important lessons, and to come up with a plan so volunteers and groups can work together more efficiently and more effectively in future national emergencies.
Registration will open at 8am on the day, with the event itself starting at 9am and promising a jam-packed program, including a keynote message by Dr. Eric Talens of UP Pahinungod, morning discussions moderated by James Deakin of Oplan Hatid and concentrating on lessons learned by various groups from their Yolanda experience, the launch of the book “Angels on Wheels” around lunchtime, as well as an afternoon session that includes a specific talk about what would happen if a 7.2 magnitude earthquake was to hit Metro Manila.
With natural disasters sadly being an almost unavoidable occurrence in the country, preparing for the next big event is almost a must-do procedure and the 1st Disaster Volunteer Summit is not only open to those who helped during Yolanda, but also to members of the public who wish to get more involved, or who are simply curious on how to be better prepared. A visit to Skydome at SM North EDSA next Wednesday therefore seems like a worthwhile journey and information on how to attend can be found on the event’s Facebook page.
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