Organizing Engineering Volunteers for Disaster Relief

by David H. Philpott, (M.ASCE), Chartered Engr.; 44 Ocean View Road, Bude, Cornwall EX23 8NL, United Kingdom, England,

Serial Information: Issues in Engineering: Journal of Professional Activities, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 3, Pg. 209-214

Document Type: Journal Paper


National and manmade disasters disrupt people's lives and make them dependant on others. This is particularly severe in the least developed countries often subject to their neighbor's political and racial upheavals. Seldom are such outcomes newsworthy. If assistance is not effective then the problem is compounded through disease and lack of self-sufficiency. There is scope for early engineering participation in this relief work to give safe water, sanitation, and shelter, and so turn refugees to self support. Civil engineers in the United Kingdom have formed a Register of Engineers for Disaster Relief. REDR supplies at short notice (from their normal employment) trained and competent engineers to aid organizations for short term assistance world wide.

Subject Headings: Volunteerism | Disaster response | Emergency management | Political factors | Diseases | Sanitary engineering | Safety | Water management | United Kingdom | Europe

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