The Disaster Recovery International (DRI) Foundation would like to thank the members of the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) - Washington [State Chapter] for your generous contribution toward relief efforts for the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda. Here is an update as to how we used your donation:
During the weeks after Haiyan struck, the DRI Foundation reached out to our contacts in the Philippines to determine the most effective use of funds. The message was clear—there was an urgent need to start the rebuilding process; therefore, we contacted Habitat for Humanity Philippines to expand our successful partnership in the U.S. We allocated funds to sponsor a Habitat Core House. The house features a lightweight steel frame for earthquake resilience as well as a hip roof with a higher pitch and shorter overhang for typhoon resistance. These new safety features will enable a family to start anew.
This was the first time that the DRI Foundation solicited donations for a specific cause. Although we were unsure what to expect, the response from our community was overwhelming. We are not surprised at the altruism that our fellow business continuity, disaster recovery and emergency management colleagues showed in the face of this devastating event. We are proud to be a part of this noble community. Together we have a greater impact than we could individually. Furthermore, this effort reaffirmed the importance of the DRI Foundation mission—the rebuilding process for impacted communities is a critical need we should be prepared to support.
As an added benefit, you will receive periodic updates as to the progress of the house we are building together. Please be sure to check our website, Facebook page and other social media links below to learn about our volunteer program and other ways you can get involved.
The DRI Foundation is empowered by your support to help survivors recover and rebuild their lives.