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EWB-DK has assisted with capacity building after the two massive earthquakes in Nepal in 2015
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EWB-DK has worked for establishing access to clean drinking water after the severe flood and mudslide in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone in august 2017

Disaster Relief & Preparedness

EWB-DK’s commitment to disaster relief and preparedness contributes with technical expertise and capacity for disaster areas. The emergency group assists other NGO’s in all phases of the relief efforts through the provision of technical solutions. EWB-DK generally doesn’t send volunteers out in the first phase of a disaster but aids other organizations where needed. EWB-DK’s skills and effort comes much more into play in the immediate and subsequent phases of a disaster.

The Disaster Relief Group seeks to provide assistance to areas in need of emergency relief with both short term and long-term perspectives. In the short term, EWB-DK works to facilitate the necessary activities required immediately after a disaster has occurred, and in the long term, works to assist affected communities in their stabilisation efforts through rebuilding and redevelopment.  

With a point of departure in Water and Sanitation, Shelter and Waste Management, EWB-DK seeks to secure the infrastructures necessary to sustain the most basic of human needs following a disaster. EWB-DK’s work further values the improving of community awareness and preparedness in areas vulnerable to disasters, for examples, those communities who are subject to the effects of climate change.   

EWB-DK also seeks, where applicable to make targeted preventive emergency work, so that smaller communities are better equipped to deal with the consequences of climate change, as many poor communities increasingly are exposed to.


EWB-DK’s long-term activities

  • Planning and managing community redevelopment
  • Waste Management including the recycling of building materials from demolished buildings.
  • Identification of relevant local partners
  • Project management and monitoring of redevelopment activities
  • Training of local actors in redevelopment and maintenance activities
  • Training of local actors in disaster preparedness and management

EWB-DK’s short-term activities

  • Evaluation of damaged buildings and infrastructure
  • Disaster Waste Management
  • Establishment of shelters
  • Access to Water and Sanitation


Partners and Practice

Where EWB-DKs Disaster Relief Group is engaged directly by larger NGOs and Emergency Relief Organisations, it is these groups together with the affected local communities who are seen as partners in the relief effort. EWB-DKs Disaster Relief Group contributes with free technical assistance through its volunteer’s technical competencies, reliability and cross-disciplinary experience. EWB-DK’s volunteers seek to provide solutions and knowledge that can improve and strengthen the life quality of those communities impacted by natural and man-made disasters.


Coordinator for the thematic network Disaster Relief & Preparedness:  Erik Krogh Lauritzen

Contact EWB-DK’s secretariat: if you wish to become a part of the thematic network for Disaster Relief and Preparedness.


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