Emergency Response Preparedness

We’re bridging the humanitarian and climate sectors to alleviate poverty and build communities of resilience.

Climate change is resulting in an increase in natural disasters globally. That means more people at risk, particularly vulnerable communities, and economic damage in the hundreds of billions of dollars. Rather than just responding, we harness the power of philanthropy to help more communities prepare and withstand disasters.

In 2018, we announced the launch of a new Emergency Response Preparedness Philanthropic Fund with the intention of creating a new model for emergency response. Our fund will put philanthropy to work year-round across three strategic pillars of preparedness and resilience, short-term response and long- term recovery, all while ensuring the most vulnerable communities are part of all response planning efforts. By investing in preparedness, we can reduce the impact of disasters, before they hit, while creating a safer future for the world’s most vulnerable.

Currently, our emergency response preparedness work includes conducting an emergency response mapping of the Caribbean while identifying unique and innovative projects for funding (particularly those focused on preparedness and long-term resilience such as hurricane-resistant shelters, hardened health facilities, investments in solar and alternative powers among others). Our goal: to help the Caribbean be the first geographic region in the world become a Climate Smart Zone.

Harvey, Irma and Maria
In 2017, hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria wreaked a combined $380 billion in damages, killed thousands and created a humanitarian crisis of drastic proportions, leaving the lives of hundreds of thousands of people forever changed. CLF was one of the first organizations to mobilize help on the ground.

Tropical Cyclone Idai
On March 15, 2019, Tropical Cyclone Idai tore through the coast of southern Africa making landfall in Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar, and Zimbabwe. The cyclone caused severe damage with its strong winds and severe flooding. CLF issued two grants to address the cyclone’s impact. First, a grant to the Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) in Malawi for replacement school supplies, uniforms, and financial support for students to ensure that girls do not have to drop out of school in order to take on jobs to help their families recover. An additional grant was awarded to the International Rescue Committee to support water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs in Chipinge, Zimbabwe including the provision of hygiene kits for over a thousand households.