NEW REPORT: International Disaster Response Law in Dominica

International Disaster Response Law in Dominica Report
IFRC Disaster Law’s new report, International Disaster Response Law in Dominica, looks at the international response to Hurricane Maria in Dominica.

The category five storm hit the country in 2017, devasting communities, livelihoods, and the country’s economy.

Images of the hurricane-hit island covered the news media, along with international appeals for aid. As a result, aid and international assistance arrived in large numbers – in what became one of the most expansive and sustained hurricane relief and recovery efforts in the history of the English-speaking Caribbean.

While the assistance provided much needed relief to the humanitarian crisis, it was also uncoordinated. The response to the hurricane resulted in overwhelmed national and regional support and coordination systems.

IFRC Disaster Law’s report examines the response, providing key findings and key recommendations for Dominica – lessons which will be applicable to the region as a whole. IFRC Disaster Law has led the global development of International Disaster Response Law (IDRL). Our Guidelines for the Domestic Facilitation and Regulation of International Disaster Relief and Initial Recovery Assistance are a set of recommendations to governments on how to prepare their disaster laws and plans for the common regulatory problems in international disaster relief operations.