CRI Portal Outline
The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) is taking a proactive and sustainable approach to preparedness for natural disasters.
CLF’s Climate Resilience Initiative is focused on investing in multiple
dimensions of emergency preparedness and scaling solutions to the problems of climate change across the Caribbean over the next five years. These projects, which range from school and health clinic infrastructure hardening projects to emergency communications analysis, serve as models of preparedness that can be replicated on larger scales in the Caribbean and around the world.
Our goal is supporting the Caribbean to become the world’s first climate resilient zone. Through the Initiative’s projects, communities in the Caribbean will be able to absorb the shocks of natural disasters in ways that save lives and will also allow them to be resilient in a changing environment.
The pillars of the CRI are health, shelter and communications.
CLF is committed to hardening selected health clinics across the Caribbean to ensure no interruption of critical health services post-disaster. Each project may include: upgrades to physical infrastructure, installation of renewable energy, strengthening of water and sanitation systems, provision of medical supply stockpiles, prepositioning of communications equipment, additions to clinic emergency response plans, companion infrastructure maintenance, psychosocial support and resilient operations trainings.
Project Example: IPPF/WHR Caribbean Resilience in the Dominican Republic
Caribbean Resilience is a joint initiative of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region and Engineers Without Borders USA. We have piloted a model for disaster preparedness that will position local sexual and reproductive health clinics as hubs of disaster response.
In this pilot, partners assessed health facilities and worked with local engineers to implement critical retrofits to harden the clinic, as well as engaged the community to incorporate sexual and reproductive health into disaster preparedness.
The clinic in the Dominican Republic serves as the first full model of the project. This model included building hardening, the installation of renewable energy, inclusion of a flexible community space that will serve as a staging area for disaster response, and the introduction of disability access to the main clinic.
Download information package
CLF and partners have prepared a package of information in multiple languages about the approach to the CRI project in the Dominican Republic with the intention that other organizations, clinics and hospitals can use these tools to support and inform similar projects. The purpose of the Public Package is to articulate and share lessons learned from the project as well as disseminate new tools that support organizations in the Mitigation, Preparedness, and Response phases of Emergency Management.
CLF builds local partnerships to focus on safe designs for hardening shelters and training local builders and engineers to retrofit existing unsafe shelters. The partnerships, local stakeholder engagement and local assessments are paramount to the holistic decision making process for collaborative and suitable design and implementation. Aside from serving as a place for learning and doubling as emergency shelters during a natural disaster, shelters are also designed to serve as communication hubs and centralized locations to deploy health services and supplies.
Project Example: Paix Bouche Primary School, Dominica
When Hurricane Maria hit Dominica, damaging nearly 90 percent of the island’s buildings, CLF moved quickly to partner with All Hands and Hearts—Smart Response to begin recovery efforts. Our work with All Hands and Hearts to rebuild the Paix Bouche primary school in Dominica transformed the nearly-destroyed school to not only a safe learning environment for the area’s youth, but also hurricane evacuation shelter for the surrounding community. In addition, the school is engineered to survive a category five hurricane and is undergoing the installation of renewable energy.
CLF recognizes the critical role that communication mechanisms play after a disaster from ensuring help reaches the most high need areas to the dissemination of reliable updates to help control misinformation.
Project Example: Internews Information Saves Lives Communications Assessments
The goal of the Information Saves Lives initiative is to support the production of locally relevant content on emergency preparedness and response to climatic and health disasters in marginalized communities in Barbados and Dominica. The project is also aimed at understanding the information gaps and needs in disaster response and preparedness as well as informing on resilience building in the Caribbean region.
This is being achieved through:
Analysis of physical and institutional ICT infrastructure to determine its robustness and reliability during emergency situations;
Information Ecosystem Assessments (IEA) which are focused on how communities consume and share information in the information ecosystem.
Rumor Tracking, used to track, dispel and mitigate against misinformation/disinformation flows and provide the media with solutions.
Training Mentorship for journalists and communicators on tools best suited to communicate information to marginalized groups.