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Republic of the Marshall Islands 2018

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The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is a collection of 29 low-lying islands and atolls. Their unique position in the north Pacific exposes them to a series of hazard risks that multiply the preexisting vulnerabilities of RMI’s population of 53,158. Between 1988 and 2008, 18 disasters struck RMI (World Bank).  This trend continued with the devastating 2013 drought, inundations in 2014, Typhoon Nangka in 2015 and then the 2016 drought, which was brought about by “one of the strongest El Nino events in recorded history” (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)). The drought triggered a National Disaster Declaration, directly followed by the 2017 drought which also triggered a National Emergency Declaration. Funding is needed to prepare for future disasters and address ongoing challenges related to clean and sufficient quantities of water, climate change adaptation and preparedness.

IOM manages the Disaster Preparedness for Effective Response (PREPARE) Programme and works closely with Governmental counterparts on a common goal to increase resilience of RMI in mitigating the effects of natural hazards by enhancing national and local capacities for disaster preparedness, response and recovery. An Essentials of Humanitarian Assistances training for the Marshall Islands has been implemented in Majuro at the national level throughout 2017. There has been a request from local government leadership in the remote outer islands to bring this training to their communities, but within the current programme, funding is limited.

IOM RMI works closely with partners to implement the Climate Adaptation Disaster Risk Reduction and Education Programme (CADRE+) which offers critical support to communities at-risk. Using IOMs expertise in climate change adaptation and disaster preparedness the project supports sustainable solutions for resiliency in vulnerable schools and communities through community based initiatives and education. This initiative also supports the national government and PREPARE programme efforts by facilitating the establishment of disaster committees in the outer islands.

Note: the projects below are part of IOM’s Migration Crisis Operational Framework and country strategy to address migration issues and initiate development-principled programming to establish the foundations for longer-term recovery to complement its humanitarian programmes.

Overall Targeted Beneficiaries: 53,000 beneficiaries

Contact Information: Contact   Contact the Donor Relations Division Tel: +41.22.717.9111  

IOM Offices: Mission Office: Pohnpei; Sub-Office: Majuro (Republic of the Marshall Islands)

International Staff: 1

National Staff: 6


In 2017:

  • DRR & Resilience Building:
    • Baseline data collection for the planning and executing of future response and a recovery.
      • Developed Country Profile of RMI.
      • Developed Emergency Response Contingency Plans (ERCP) for RMI.
      • Conducted Cost Comparison between two recent drought responses in RMI.
    • Readiness of disaster relief materials and services
      • Monthly inventory inspections of prepositioned supplies and assets purchased in RMI.
      • Quarterly Inspections and testing/maintenance of mechanized assets in RMI.
      • Conducted market to get price list for the replenishment of pre-position emergency relief items & basic construction materials bases on the house design BOQ.
    • Improved Government preparedness & response capabilities through technical assistance and support
      • Supported the individual needs of NDMO's through technical support, support for coordination meetings (such as a Joint Risk Management Network), supplies, equipment to enhance collaboration or to improve general function.
      • Coordinated with and supported DCOs and relevant response actors across RMI to refine and agree upon an Initial Damage Assessment (IDA) or Initial Situation Overview (ISO) forms.
    • Community-level preparedness enhanced through the enhancement of early warning systems, delivery of public information, and awareness raising
      • One-Way Radio Broadcast Assessment:  Conducted a survey and mapping of medium-wave AM radio broadcasting facilities in RMI and capacity to better understand coverage for the delivery of public information including early warning messaging.
      • Provided support to the govt. owned Radio Station Infrastructure in RMI to improve broadcasting capability, and/or protection to equipment, and the overall sustainability of functioning radio stations.
      • Distributed 573 Solar Radios to key community members to expand access to radio messaging.
      • Developed and transmitted English & Local Language DRR Radio Messages focusing on personal, household, and community preparedness across RMI.
    • Capabilities of local disaster responders are strengthened through trainings on Basic Humanitarian Standards, Emergency First Aid, and understanding of how to use Needs/Damage assessment forms.
      • Developed and delivered 42 training sessions on Essentials Humanitarian Assistance (EHA) targeted at Government National entities that had a role in emergency response.
      • Offered Emergency First Responder (EFR), and boat safety trainings in RMI to representatives from the community and government departments.
    • Reconstruction Plans and supplemental reconstruction program implementation, information, IEC, and training.
      • Developed Reconstruction Contingency Plan (RCP) to include supplemental-housing designs, Environmental Considerations, logistics /construction strategy, and Key Staff TORs.
      • Developed shelter/reconstruction skills training curriculum (BBS techniques) and IEC materials.
  • Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Education (CADRE):
    • 901 students trained in CADRE Plus Modules.
    • 6,470 students practice SEMP drill.
    • 311 teachers trained in CADRE Plus materials.
    • 98 school leaders help with creation of SEMP.
    • 231 school leaders trained in emergency evacuation center management.
    • 423 school and community leaders trained in basic first aid.
    • 69 community focal points identified and trained (14 communities).
    • 496 community members participated in creation of community action plans.
    • 842 community members practiced community drills.
    • 1,937 community members with improved capacity to plan and respond to disaster through trainings (# training participants across all trainings).
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Republic of the Marshall Islands Migration Crisis Operational Framework
Requested 3,147,478 | Received: 1,777,478 | Percentage funded: 56%

  Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building

  • Disaster Preparedness for Effective Response (PREPARE) Program - Marshall Islands
    Amount Requested: USD 1,250,000 Amount Received: USD 1,250,000
    As part of the Disaster Preparedness for Effective Response (PREPARE) Program, IOM is assisting FSM and RMI to develop or update Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) meant to accompany and complement the disaster response plans of both the countries. Emergency response preparedness strengthened in FSM and RMI through the advanced gathering of information that would be used in planning and executing a response and a recovery. In addition, PREPARE team developed Public Infrastructure Profiles across FSM and RMI to contribute to the planning of JDA after a disaster, and as baseline information for use in reconstruction phase. IOM developed the Emergency Response Contingency Plans (ERCP) for the Implementing Partner with information on risk and hazards, vulnerability, infrastructure and utilities, pre-positioned commodities and warehousing capacity across FSM and RMI, and stand-by agreements with service delivery agencies. Further work towards building National level response capacity is still needed to help reduce disaster risk, ensure timely and effective responses, and provided services to safeguard the wellbeing of its population following a hazard event.
    53,066 individuals (direct/indirect)

  Humanitarian Communications

  • Expanding Access to Public Information in the Pacific Islands - Marshall Islands
    Amount Requested: USD 750,000 Amount Received: USD 0
    Activities will include: i) Survey and assess the capacity and condition of all public broadcast stations to evaluate the structural needs of each station; ii) Based on the needs and technical recommendations, complete the upgrades required for broadcasting to reach the states' furthest communities; iii) Monitoring of infrastructure improvements by a technical expert; Provide solar power generating systems for all broadcast stations, to offset operational costs, and reduce dependence on diesel generated electricity, and increase the regularity of transmissions, including monitoring by a technical expert; and iv) Training and technical support to stakeholders including government officials and radio personnel on strategies for content creation, successful public service announcements, and media campaigns resulting in engaging messaging for the most remote areas.
    nation-wide public

  Shelter and Non-food items

  • Enhanced Prepositioning for Disaster Response Preparedness in Micronesia - Marshall Islands
    Amount Requested: USD 100,000 Amount Received: USD 100,000
    The project will contribute to enhanced emergency preparedness for the FSM and the RMI, through an improved ability to deploy functional non-food items and assets in the event of a US presidential disaster declaration (US PDD). USAID implementing partner (IOM) has the knowledge and skills to deploy and operationalize functional assets within 12 hours of a USG-declared disaster to reduce risk and elevating suffering post hazard event.
    53,066 individuals

  Activities to Support Community Stabilization and Transition

  • Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, & Education Plus (CADRE+) - Marshall Islands
    Amount Requested: USD 350,000 Amount Received: USD 350,000
    To support the national and state governments in the implementation of their national strategies pertaining to climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the FSM & RMI, by implementing a climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction education program that builds the resilience of vulnerable schools and communities through enhancing their adaptive and disaster preparedness capacities.
    500 students, 100 education leaders, 300 educators, & 100 community members
  • Community Vulnerability and Capacity Mapping Exercise and Assessment
    Amount Requested: USD 200,000 Amount Received: USD 45,000
    This activity capitalizes on the experience and expertise of IOM while fulfilling the strategic priorities of the World Bank in the North Pacific. The aim of the project is to increase the capacity of communities and the government to prepare and respond to natural hazards through improved early warning systems and enhanced community level resilience: i) Communities in the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) engaged in participatory hazard risk mapping are more able to engage in planning of community investments; ii) Robust data collection and local consultations informs the design of a regional/national early warning system relevant to the RMI context; and iii) Knowledge mapping and geo-tagging of key public assets and infrastructure is compiled with links to open source mapping platforms. Knowledge mapping and evaluation of existing open-source information on key public assets and infrastructure in RMI and/or FSM is carried out.
    53,066 individuals (indirect)

  Health Support

  • Promoting the Health of Migrants and Migrant-Affected Communities through Health System Strengthening - Marshall Islands
    Amount Requested: USD 465,000 Amount Received: USD 0
    Activities will include: i) Support the provision of accessible and high-quality primary and preventive services and ensure effective partnerships are developed and maintained; and ii) Contribute to emerging and re-emerging infectious disease detection and response.
    53,066 individuals (indirect)
  • Strengthening Protection Networks for Vulnerable Populations in the RMI through Psychological First Aid Training
    Amount Requested: USD 32,478 Amount Received: USD 32,478
    The goal of this project is to have a cohort of psychological first aid trainers and trained first responders to better support the youth population in RMI when they experience a traumatic or distressing event. Create and translate a psychological first aid training curriculum that is appropriate for RMI using global and regional IOM resources.
    RMI government officials, civil society members, school service providers and students. Including: 30 women and 20 men through direct training of trainers and eventually 1,768 high school students in Majuro
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