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Info4 Ebola

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UNMEER – Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak
(28 October 2014)

Dear Colleagues and Partners,

Below please find links to the latest products from UNMEER and OCHA on the Ebola Outbreak :

  1. Situation Report :
    UNMEER Weekly Situational Analysis : http://goo.gl/RQdcNy
  2. Cases Map :
    Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak : http://goo.gl/bRNyNV
  3. 3W :
    Guinea : http://goo.gl/bls2QI
    Liberia : http://goo.gl/IvpBT5
    Sierra Leone : http://goo.gl/OpNMIR
  4. Fact Sheets :
    Guinea : http://goo.gl/nTrxcI
    Liberia : http://goo.gl/uxufCn
    Sierra Leone : http://goo.gl/YfPD7M
  5. Contacts List :
    Guinea

    Liberia

    Sierra Leone

For more information please visit the Regional Ebola Crisis web page on the Humanitarian Response platform at http://bit.ly/1oRJwI1 or the Humanitarian Kiosk App which is updated on a daily basis.

Regards,
UNMEER

Info4 Ukraine in Crisis

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Flag-of Ukraine

In light of the events that continue to unfold in Ukraine, we have created an Info4 Ukraine Initiative.

Info4 Ukraine is a Facebook page dedicated to providing useful information including medical and mental health care available to the people of Ukraine, some news, other resources, and human rights information.  Info4disasters is also working with translators to translate basic first aid information and instruction for civilians through 1stAid4’s Ukrainian Twitter account, @1staid4ukrainia.

Learning Resources

As it happened: Ukraine crisis (Live Updates)
Reddit Page for Ukraine Crisis
Three maps to help understand what’s going on in Ukraine
Ukraine: ICRC urges respect for medical aid and humanitarian work
Ukraine revolution in pictures: Latest photos from Kiev’s Independence Square
Ukraine: The Haze of Propaganda

(For more links please visit our Facebook page Info4 Ukraine)

Resources Useful for Ukrainians

@1stAid4Ukrainia – Twitter account provides medical and first aid tips

Департамент охорони здоров’я інформує про надання психологічної допомоги у м. Львові та Львівській області (оновлено) / This link is from the Department of Health, and provides information on the provision of psychological assistance in Lviv and Lviv region (updated and in Ukrainian)

Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group On Human Rights in Ukraine (in Українська and Русский )

Товариство Червоного Хреста: Личаківського району / Red Cross: Lucakivskovo area (link in Ukrainian)

(For more links please visit our Facebook page Info4 Ukraine)

ReliefWeb

Updates on Ukraine / 02 Apr 2014

Source: International Crisis Group
As the Central African Republic becomes increasingly fractured along communal and regional lines, the re-emergence of the rebel Front populaire pour le redressement (FPR) in the north further worsened insecurity. Muslims continue to be targeted daily. African Union peacekeepers fell victim to two … Read more

 

Additional Information About Ukraine
 
Geography

Ukraine’s borders many countries: the east and northeast parts of Ukraine border Russia, the northwest region borders Belarus, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary constitute Ukraine’s western border.  Romania and Moldova establishes Ukraine’s southwest border.  The Black Sea and Sea of Azov are the south and southeast boundary.

 
Administrative Divisions

Ukraine is a unitary state, comprised of 24 oblasts (provinces), 2 municipalities (Kyiv and Sevastopol), and one autonomous republic (Crimea). There has been some confusion by some that Crimea has only recently designated itself as an autonomous republic. Due to severe ethnic tensions in the early 1990’s, pro-Russian groups pushed for the secession of Crimea and annexation to Russia. The Ukrainian and Crimean Parliaments came to the resolution that Crimea was to become autonomous republic, while still being a part of the Ukraine.

 
Complexities

It is vitally important to emphasize when considering the history of Ukraine and it’s conflicts that inflamed ethnic tensions between groups over time has warranted concern of increased ethnic and religious tensions as well as hate speech, but this concern has also prompted community and religious leaders to take action and remind that differences be put aside for common goals.

 

Ukrainian Red Cross (Video)

Since tensions began mounting in Kyiv in January 2014, the Ukrainian Red Cross has been on the front line, helping all the injured without distinction. So far, 300 people have received treatment. This short video shows the Ukrainian Red Cross in action.

 

ReliefWeb

Updates on Ukraine / 08 Mar 2014

Source: UN News Service
7 March 2014 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today emphasized the need for peace and stability in Ukraine’s Crimea region, where the announcement of a referendum on joining Russia constitutes a “worrying and serious” development. Lawmakers in the autonomous Ukrainian region of Crimea voted … Read more
Source: International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies
**Period covered by this update: 12 February to 5 March 2014.** **Summary:** Due to the escalating situation, the original sum of CHF 139,302 that had been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 13 December 2013 to support the Ukrainian Red Cross Society to enhance … Read more
Source: Amnesty
With journalists, activists and peaceful protestors facing increasing harassment and intimidation in Crimea, there is an urgent need for a strong international monitoring mission in Ukraine, said Amnesty International. It is calling for the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe … Read more
References

Luxmoore, Jonathan. “CatholicPhilly.com: News from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.” Ukraine Church Urges Return to Peace amid Spiraling Street Violence. Catholic News Service, 21 Jan. 2014. Web. 04 Mar. 2014.

“Military.” Autonomous Republic of Crimea. GlobalSecurity.org, 02 Mar. 2014. Web. 04 Mar. 2014.

“Regions and Territories: Crimea.” BBC News. BBC, 22 Nov. 2011. Web. 04 Mar. 2014.

The Catholic Free Press. “Ukrainian Churches Urge Peace as War Clouds Gather over Crimea.” The Catholic Free Press. Catholic News Service, 28 Feb. 2014. Web. 04 Mar. 2014.

“The World Factbook: Europe: Ukraine.” Central Intelligence Agency. Central Intelligence Agency, 27 Feb. 2014. Web. 02 Mar. 2014.

“Ukraine: ICRC Urges Respect for Medical Aid and Humanitarian Work.” – ICRC. International Committee of the Red Cross, 20 Feb. 2014. Web. 04 Mar. 2014.

Релігійно-інформаційна служба України. “Точка зору.” Рада Церков висловила підтримку легітимній владі України і закликала громадян сумлінно виконувати свої обов’язки. Інституту Релігії та Суспільства Українського Католицького Університету, 27 Feb. 2014. Web. 04 Mar. 2014.

Dealing With Disasters

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[important]Dealing With Disasters[/important]

During disasters, it can be hard to know what to do, and how to deal with unimaginable tragedy, destruction and loss… this list has resources available on the Internet, for Adults, Adolescents, Children, with information on traumatic stress, stress in disasters, how to cope, how to talk to your family and children about a disaster.
Soon to be added, tips and resources to help pets, in field, international, and multilingual resources…

Red Cross: Searching for Family Members

During an emergency, letting your family know that you are safe can bring loved ones peace of mind. If you have a loved one in a disaster-affected area and are unable to contact them directly, please visit our Safe and Well service to see if your family member has registered. If no information is available, contact your local Red Cross chapter to request assistance.

Help for Military Families, Active Duty Service Members, Veterans

Find Your Local Red Cross Chapter by Zip Code

[important]Resources on the Web:[/important]

General & Adult Resources

Coping with Traumatic Stress Reactions -from VA Webpage

Fact Sheet on Stress- National Institute of Mental Health -Webpage, and PDF available
PTSD Meetup Groups- Search in your local area
Coping With Traumatic Events- SAMHSHA webpage   
Taking Care of You Coping Guidelines – From American Red Cross  
Red Cross Trauma & Emotional Support – all pdfs, all languages for download  
Trauma Information on Mental Health & Coping- Webpage 
Coping with Traumatic Stress 
Coping With Stress– CDC- Webpage

Adolescent & Children Resources for Parents

Helping Children Cope with Disaster (from FEMA)  
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: For Parents  (From National Institue of Health)
Where to Get Help for PTSD: General, Family, Military -National Center for PTSD
Helping Children Cope in Unsettling Times: Tips for Parents and Teachers– NASP
What Community Members Can Do: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters- National Institute of Mental Health -Webpage, and PDF available

[important]National Help Hotlines For USA[/important]

Disaster Distress Helpline

“Feeling stressed? If you or someone you know has been affected by a disaster and needs immediate assistance, please call this toll-free number for information, support, and counseling. You will be connected to the nearest crisis center.”

1-800-985-5990 or
Text TalkWithUs to 66746

TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired:
1-800-846-8517

Also you can call:

Samariteens Emotional Support Hotline (For Teens)    800-252-8336

Samaritans Emotional Grief Support & Suicidal Hotline

877-870-4673

24 hours a day: 617-247-0220 and 508-875 4500

Other Resources:

Ready.gov on Recovering from Disasters:

Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. If assistance is available, knowing how to access it makes the process faster and less stressful. This section offers some general advice on steps to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting your home, your community and your life back to normal.

 

[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]This originally started as a spreadsheet and I wanted to make the list more publicly available in wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings, and more recently, the Texas and Oklahoma Tornadoes this month… Tragedies and disasters can be stressful and anxiety provoking. We are all human, we are all breakable. If you need help, don’t be afraid to ask for it, seek it out!

(Kelli Merritz) [/pullquote]

Sign info4 Petition Against Twitter Jail during SMEM Responses

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info4disasters is spearheading a campaign against the use of Twitter “Jail” during lifesaving emergency response.

Tags to exclude:

Hashtag Name Use/Purpose
#1stAid4 Urgent first aid information.
#firstaid Urgent and general first aid information.
#shelter Urgent shelter information.
#smem “Social Media for Emergency Management”
#vost “Virtual Operations Support Team”
#SBTF Standby Task Force
#ushahidi Crisis mapping platform deployed in emergencies
#redcross #ARC Red Cross response and activities
#IFRC International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent
#USGS US Geological Survey
#NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
#wx attached to severe weather threats and events
#info4 info4disasters.org