Asia-Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Sri Lanka

Overview
Asia-Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Sri Lanka

700+ members

The Asia-Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management Sri Lanka (A-PAD SL) enables the Sri Lankan private sector to engage faster and more efficiently in national disaster management strategies. It is part of the National Disaster Management Coordinating Committee (NDMCC)) and works with over 700 companies and over 100 NGOs and Government partners, including the Ministry of Disaster Management and the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). A-PAD SL supports coordination in disaster risk reduction and mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery, while also facilitating capacity building efforts in Sri Lanka. More specifically, A-PAD SL’s work complements Government’s efforts by creating effective public-private partnerships (PPPs) and institutionalizing business continuity planning, thus strengthening community and business resilience. The organization also facilitates civil-military coordination in humanitarian response.

Over the years, A-PAD SL has:

  • Sent out early warning messages to its member companies and the public ahead of impending disasters;
  • Coordinated private sector contributions to address natural hazards and manmade disasters, including flooding, drought, landslides, urban fires, disease outbreaks and violence; 
  • Conducted internationally accredited Search & Rescue (SAR) training sessions for civil-military personnel; 
  • Strengthened business and community resilience by facilitating capacity building training sessions on disaster risk reduction and business continuity planning;
  • Promoted public-private partnerships (PPPs) and multi-sectoral engagement in humanitarian response.

For example, during the floods in June 2021, A-PAD SL, in partnership with a private sector member company, provided 3000 warm meals for flood victims through the “Meals that Heal” initiative. A-PAD SL also coordinated with the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) to ensure that the meals could be delivered safely during the COVID-19 lockdown.

For more information, please visit A-PAD SL website and YouTube channels. 

Cover Photo: Women trainees in search and rescue training in Sri Lanka. Photo: A-PAD SL

Key Publications
A-PAD Sri Lanka has organized Search and Rescue training sessions in swift waters. Photo: A-PAD SL
11 November 2021
Source:Connecting Business initiative Secretariat