emergency.lu can rely on the support of its operational partners. The main supporters are the "Administration des services de secours" (ASS), World Food Programme (WFP) and the Emergency Telecommunication Cluster (ETC).
About the "Administration des services de secours"
The “Administration des services de secours” (ASS) is the governmental agency for civil protection and rescue services in Luxembourg and is put under the authority of the Interior Minister. The ASS also acts as the national focal point for international civil protection missions as well as for cooperation with other civil protection organizations.
For its international missions, the ASS uses its Humanitarian Intervention Team (HIT) which is composed of a total of 45 volunteers from the ASS’ civil protection division and communal fire brigades. It is a rapid response structure that sends different types of emergency aid units to countries that are struck by natural or man-made disasters. The HIT’s capacities include an Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR), a Water Purification unit, a Deep Water Rescue unit and a Technical Assistance and Support Team (TAST).
Members of the HIT are deployed on official order of the Interior Minister in conjunction with the Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid.
As an operational partner of emergency.lu, the HIT dispatches specially trained technical and expert staff for the set up and the monitoring of both the Rapid and the Response services.
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About the World Food Programme (WFP)
In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.
WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded.
Born in 1961, WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. We work towards that vision with our sister UN agencies in Rome -- the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) -- as well as other government, UN and NGO partners.
On average, WFP aim to reach more than 90 million people with food assistance in more than 73 countries. Around 15,000 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor.
For more information: www.wfp.org
About the Emergency Telecommunication Cluster (ETC)
The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) was established to ensure timely, predictable, and effective provision of inter-agency telecommunications services in support of humanitarian operations (Clusters and humanitarian partners) from the onset of the emergency, including:
The ETC security and data-communications services will be managed by a single service provider, the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The service provider will fulfill the responsibilities of the “Cluster Coordinator at the Country Level” and the provider of last resort (POLR) as established by the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC). In this capacity WFP will be responsible for ensuring overall coordination of ETC activities on the ground, in close collaboration with eventual local ICT Working Groups (ICTWGs).
These ETC Services will be provided in defined ‘common operational areas’, i.e. areas where majority of UN agencies and NGOs are present. Such areas are generally defined through an assessment, approved by the Country level Humanitarian Country Team (HCT), and formally requested by the Resident Coodinator (RC) / Humanitarian Coordinator (HC).