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Ecuador and Japan earthquakes: what planners can do

20 April 2016

Red cThe RTPI has issued advice for members who wish to provide support for those affected by the earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan.  We have also included further information on the current situation in Nepal which was affected by earthquakes last year.

Our advice to planners wishing to help is to first donate to aid agencies so that immediate emergency services can be actioned further.  For those planners, architects, engineers and others in the built environment who wish to assist further, there may be some opportunity in the reconstruction and redevelopment.  However, this will only become clearer at later stage once the affected governments and aid agencies have assessed what is required. 

We have contacted the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and they have advised our members that the Japanese Government has not requested international assistance and is working with the Japanese Red Cross.  The Ecuadorian Government has declared a state of emergency and is working with the Ecuadorian Red Cross. At this stage our members planning expertise is not required but there may be a call later in the next few months only once the situation has stabilised and the government and aid agencies have assessed what is required. 

EathquakeMarion Frederiksen, the RTPI’s International Policy and Research Officer said:  "As last year, our advice to planners wishing to help is to first donate to aid agencies so that immediate emergency services can be actioned further.  For those planners, architects, engineers and others in the built environment who wish to assist further, there may be some opportunity in the reconstruction and redevelopment.  However, this will only become clearer at later stage once the affected governments and aid agencies have assessed what is required. Generally, the services of those that are in country or have experience in post disaster reconstruction, are more sought after but this will depend on what skills are required and where.'

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