Guidance

Humanitarian assistance in emergencies

The provision of humanitarian assistance is a multi-agency activity and it is important that this work is co-ordinated.

Documents

Humanitarian Assistance strategic guidance - Building capability to look after people affected by emergencies

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Humanitarian Assistance in Emergencies: Non-Statutory Guidance on Establishing Humanitarian Assistance Centres

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Annex A - Template Leaflet

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A detailed guide to roles and responsibilities in humanitarian assistance (Published by DCMS)

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Literature & Best Practice Review: Identifying People's Needs in Major Emergencies & best practice in Humanitarian Response

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Identifying People Who Are Vulnerable in a Crisis - Guidance for Emergency Planners and Responders

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The Needs of Faith Communities in Major Emergencies

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Lessons learned by the 7th July Assistance Centre staff, steering group and partners

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Detail

Emergencies affect individuals, families and communities in a wide range of ways. This part of the site is focused on all aspects of humanitarian assistance, including the care and treatment of people involved in or affected by emergencies.

The provision of humanitarian assistance is a multi-agency activity and it is important that this work is co-ordinated across a range of agencies, including: the National Health Service; police services; local authorities; commercial organisations (e.g. transport companies); and voluntary organisations. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is the designated Lead Government Department (LGD) when central government is engaged.

It is important that responders are aware of and make arrangements for the key groups of people affected by emergencies - including the injured, families and friends, the deceased and rescuers and response workers - and that structures and processes are put in place to provide care and assistance to meet their needs.

Effective care and treatment also requires responders to meet the specific needs of children and young people; faith, religious, cultural and minority ethnic communities; elderly people; and people with disabilities.

A complementary resource for Humanitarian Assistance for Planners and practitioners is being hosted by the Emergency Planning Society.