The RTPI advises the following for members who wish to provide support for those affected by the earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador on 14 and 16 April:
- It is best for planners to first donate to aid agencies and should the need arise, offer their services later in the reconstruction and redevelopment stages.
On 18 April, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) advised our members the following:
The Government has not requested international assistance and is coordinating the response with the Japanese Red Cross and other actors.
The Government has declared a state of emergency in 6 regions and has requested international assistance. The Ecuadorian Red Cross is responding in the affected areas, with support from IFRC's regional technical team. The IFRC has also placed a shelter coordination team on standby for immediate deployment if required.
If the shelter cluster is activated, and if the government counterparts and other responding agencies identify a need for dedicated planning or engineering expertise at a later stage then this will be sought.
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In the UK, the most appropriate channels for donations are:
Once affected areas have stabilised, governments and humanitarian agencies may require technical assistance from planners, engineers and architects based in country or who are experienced in disaster planning. Should this be the case, volunteering may be undertaken at a later date with agencies such as:
Any queries can be directed to RTPI International.