Field Ready Builds Emergency Response Capacity
Field Ready has demonstrated its approach to transforming humanitarian logistics in a variety of countries and contexts. Yet the reality of rapid onset disasters remains ever present and this requires an ability to “surge” staff and resources with little warning.
To this end, Field Ready has created an emergency response capacity through its Rapid Emergency Deployment (RED) team. When there is a large-scale disaster and a need for the approach developed by Field Ready, our RED Team will deploy in as little as 72 hours. The team is prepared to rapidly assess the situation and provide manufacturing and other services to meet immediate need.
This team has undergone a rigorous assessment and selection process. They were selected for their international experience, ability to work in a tight team and for their deep passion for our humanitarian mission. Together, they possess a unique set of multidisciplinary skills including assessments, logistics, design, engineering and manufacturing. Crucially, they also have a keen understanding of the standards and practices used in international humanitarian response.
RED Team members with technical skills but without extensive knowledge of relief recently attended intensive training put on by the University of Minnesota (several members of Field Ready’s board also attended). The Humanitarian Crisis Simulation was founded in 2011 and is a collaborative program led by faculty in the University of Minnesota Medical School, the School of Public Health, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The experience immerses participants in an environment typical of humanitarian crises. The course incorporates standards such as the Sphere Project, ALNAP, and the Core Humanitarian Standard as a framework for material covered in the simulation.
Next time there’s a disaster, Field Ready will be well prepared.