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IOM Thailand Supports Thai Disaster Preparedness; Builds Collective Centre Capacity

IOM has launched a series of trainings on collective centre coordination and management in collaboration with the Thai Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), following the country's worst recorded floods in 2011.

The programme, funded by USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), targeted 12 provinces heavily affected by the floods. It included a half-day orientation for senior government officials and two four-day trainings for 80 provincial officials and civil society representatives.

The curriculum built on lessons learnt in managing collective centres during the 2011 floods, establish how participants can contribute to national contingency planning, and develop action plans for a collective centre response focusing on coordination, information management, community involvement and volunteer mobilization.

"During the 2011 floods we witnessed the amazing capacity of Thais to implement rescue and relief activities, mobilize volunteers and share information through social media. This programme will try to complement that capacity with IOM's global perspective as the agency mandated to coordinate international interventions in the field of camp coordination and camp management (CCCM) following natural disasters," said IOM Thailand Chief of Mission Jeffrey Labovitz, speaking at the programme launch.

At the event, a Thai-language version of the Collective Centre Guidelines (click to download), published by IOM and UNHCR, and an animated infomercial on the guidelines were launched: 

During the 2011 floods, IOM worked closely with USAID to deliver essential emergency equipment to the DDPM, including boats, pumps and generators.