Response Toolkit Will Help Haiti Cope with Future Disasters

A compilation of four years of lessons learned and best practices in emergency shelter response entitled: Disaster Response: Emergency Shelter, Housing and Sites. A Toolkit of Lessons Learned, Experiences and Practices, has been published in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince.

Jointly developed by Haiti’s national disaster response authorities and the Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) / Shelter Cluster, led by IOM, the publication was funded by the United States Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).

It brings together best practices identified by the Government of Haiti, through the Directorate of Civil Protection, the Haitian Red Cross, and national and international aid agencies, relating to camps, registration and shelter in the aftermath of an emergency, especially regarding internal displacement.

“The experiences, tools and lessons learned identified in the publication will ensure a smooth transition of cluster activities to the Haitian authorities. But they will also be valuable in the event of another disaster involving massive displacement and destruction of housing,” said IOM Haiti Chief of Mission Gregoire Goodstein.

The report marks a significant step towards the integration of natural disaster-induced displacement into preventive response planning and early recovery humanitarian actions, highlighting the importance of coordinated assistance and standardized response in the 72 hours after a natural disaster.

Since the devastating 12 January 2010 earthquake that left more than 1.5 million displaced people throughout the country, the CCCM / Shelter Cluster has been supporting efforts directed at helping internally displaced people and leading capacity-building initiatives in the areas of coordination, information management, and preparedness and response.

The Cluster also supported people affected by storms in 2012, including Hurricane Sandy, which destroyed over 6,000 houses and displaced over 5,800 families already living in post-earthquake camps.

Although top forecasters are predicting a quiet 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, with an estimated nine tropical storms and only three hurricanes, Haitians remain highly vulnerable to natural disasters, with some 137,500 people still living in camps.

IOM has been the lead agency for the CCCM Cluster since the January 2010 earthquake and for the combined Emergency Shelter and CCCM Cluster since September 2011.

The report is available in French at:

For more information, please contact

Ilaria Lanzoni
IOM Haiti
Tel. +509 3702-5066

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