Mission Statement and Guidelines
A mission statement outlines the organization's reason for being. It explains the organization's intentions, priorities, and values to people both inside and outside the group. It is a guide and helps the group stay focused on the things that are most important. If there are questions whether to take on a project or choose a particular course of action, one can look back to the mission for guidelines on how to approach projects. The mission statement and guidelines are living documents and can change as the organization develops.
Rainrace Mission Statement
Improve the ability of national and local governments to react to emergencies
Most countries, if not all, live under some type of threat to society. Organized emergency preparedness, such as civil protection management and incident command and coordination, will improve a response and lessen the impact the disaster would otherwise have. Programs in place need systematic revisions due to changes in the country and development of knowledge within emergency preparedness and response.
Improve international disaster response co-ordination
During a disaster literally hundreds of entities (such as donor governments, NGO┤s, international organizations, volunteers, etc.) come together to assist the victims and the country affected. All efforts should be made to make these responses as efficient and effective as possible, and to unite sensibly those involved in coordination.
Improve the efficiency of international urban search and rescue mobilization
International teams have made a significant contribution to saving lives, increasing the state-of-art of urban search and rescue, increasing local capacity building and to the overall coordination of disaster response. The efficiency of these teams, i.e. how fast they can get to work, depends on how fast they are alerted, get to the country and are incorporated into any national response. Governments can take measures to ensure fast integration of foreign assistance that can significantly improve the outcome of an operation. Teams, and their coordinating bodies, can take measures to evaluate the situation at the on-set of a disaster to ensure quick decisions regarding response.
Improve the effectiveness of urban search and rescue teams
Through state-of-the-art training programs, team collaboration and participation in the continuous development of best practices of national and international urban search and rescue procedures, the effectiveness of urban search and rescue teams will be improved.
Improve tools and equipment used for urban search and rescue
For tools and equipment to be improved there must be a platform for vendors to introduce their products to the users and for the users to give feedback from the field. Using today's technology such a platform is easily provided on the internet.
Perform research and identify research gaps
Even though emergency preparedness and response has developed in past decades there is still a need for improvements. Consistent improvements are most likely to happen through systematic studies and research involving practitioners, research institutes, international organizations, local goups, government agencies and others involved in the field of emergencies.
Promote interaction, education and information sharing
Interaction between indviduals, teams, organizations in form of exchange programs, training, conferences, meetings, internet discussions, video conferencing, etc. should be encouraged. Information exchange through books, documents, leaflets, videos, multi-media should also be encouraged.
Disaster response plans should be based on the following:
- Risk analysis
- The culture and standard procedures in the country they are written for.
- Daily emergency services and existing national institutions, unless these are to be changed by the host country as a result of the project.
Cultural considerations and sustainability of programs need the input of locals to:
- Provide information on culture, customs and standard procedures in their country.
- Participate in the development of a program, application and training of users.
- Consider sustainability of a program during its development phase.
Command and coordination systems should be applicable for:
- All responding agencies individually and collectively.
- All scale of events.
- All types of events.
Training material and instructions should be developed in:
- variable forms to meet the different training needs of individuals and groups (books, checklists, pictures, video, field exercises, tabletop exercises, courses, presentations, posters, Multi- media, etc.).
- various level of detail.
- a format that is easy to translate and adapt to different languages.
International response coordination may be improved by:
- Promoting already proven successful coordination tools.
- Educating international actors about each other.
- Educating governments about international actors.
Research activities should consider the following:
- Results and identified research gaps should be shared in peer reviewed publications so that others may continue the research and thus increase likelihood of significant development and best solutions.
- Practitioners from the field and professional researchers should be brought together during research projects.
- Research results must eventually be brought to the practitioners.