Communities throughout Dominica face particular vulnerabilities which the Dominica Red Cross seeks to address through building resilience in communities.
Mero, Layou and Warner are three communities benefiting from a 72 hour Self-Sufficiency Project funded by the French Red Cross/INTERREG.
The objective of this project is to develop the capacity of these communities to protect themselves during the first 72 hours after a disaster and before receiving emergency assistance.
This project includes the provision of training to community participants in strengthening of houses to better withstand hydro-meteorological hazards.
Training has been provided to up to 20 community participants who were selected to participate in a Safer Houses project workshop facilitated by the Dominica Red Cross, subsequently up to 20 houses were strengthened in each community utilizing the trained community participants.
Shelter Management training will also be provided to these communities and instruction provided on the use of an Emergency Relief Kit which will be retained by the communities.
The community groups will be monitored and supported by the Dominica Red Cross as this is completed. The skills and experience thus gained offer long term benefits to the individuals and communities.