CBM assists earthquake relief efforts
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CBM New Zealand are showing solidarity with persons affected by the 6.3 magnitude earthquake which struck Christchurch on 22 February 2011, by assisting in relief efforts. A team of three disability experts are on the ground and, to date, have responded to over 200 individual cases.
The service provided by cbm has been made available to all agencies working in the relief effort and we have been mandated by the Ministry of Health as their coordinating body acting on their behalf in Christchurch for this purpose.
Emergency Coordination Centre
To date the team has responded to over 200 individual cases. This volume is expanding quickly as our services and telephone number are becoming more widely known.
- Assessing residential care facilities of high dependency persons with disability to identify the ongoing ability to operate within the limitations of the post quake environment and the best course of action for the immediate future.
- Visiting persons with disability in their homes to assess their conditions and arrange appropriate relief support.
- Working with Welfare Centre based relief staff to assess needs and arrange ongoing support requirements.
- Liaising with field staff of relief agencies to address specific disability issues remotely or through visitation to ensure provision of ongoing support needs.
- Liaising with call centre staff of the main help lines to address specific disability issues remotely or through visitation to ensure provision of ongoing support needs.
- Liaising with disability organisations remotely or through visitation to ensure provision of ongoing support needs.
- Briefing mainstream relief agencies on disability specific issues and how to best assess needs.