Sri Lanka Alliance for Disaster Risk Management

Overview
Sri Lanka Alliance for Disaster Risk Management

700+ members

The Sri Lanka Alliance for Disaster Risk Management supports the private sector to engage easier, faster and more efficiently in national disaster risk reduction, preparedness, response and recovery, building on the networks already in place in Sri Lanka. This includes the Sri Lanka chapter of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (A-PAD SL), the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), the Global Compact Local Network in partnership with the Government, many Non-governmental organisations and United Nations organisations.

Disaster preparedness in Sri Lanka - A-PAD Sri Lanka

Flood Response in Sri Lanka - A-PAD Sri Lanka

COVID-19 response in Sri Lanka - A-PAD Sri Lanka

A-PAD SL responded to COVID-19, two floods and continued recovery efforts for the 2019 Easter Sunday attack. 

A-PAD Sri Lanka coordinated private-sector contributions in support of the Government’s efforts to control the COVID-19 situation. For example, it gave the Disaster Management Centre in Sri Lanka support with setting up a COVID-19 Emergency Call Centre and provided health care essentials and food rations for front-line workers, communities and the health sector. A-PAD SL also engaged in a nationwide social media campaign to raise awareness about personal preventive measures, business continuity, curfew regulations and other critical topics. With funding from HSBC, A-PAD Sri Lanka procured and distributed PPE to front-line health care workers as part of the COVID-19 response. These items were produced by domestic manufacturers that have been hit hard by the economic fallout of the pandemic. The initiative also aimed to supply this PPE on the international market. To support education, A-PAD SL provided materials for students who did not have access to online resources and devised the National Guidelines for Conduct of Examinations in Emergencies in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, the Disaster Management Centre and the Department of Examinations. It also helped draft the national guidelines and operation plans for conducting elections during intersecting disasters. 

In response to the Southwest Monsoon and related flooding, A-PAD SL sent out early warning messages, provided health and evacuation guidelines and distributed PPE and non-food items to affected areas. 

In April 2020, one year after the Easter Sunday bombings, the A-PAD SL team made phone calls as part of a listening activity to provide psychosocial support to affected families. These calls enabled people to express their feelings and emotions while the team offered words of encouragement to help them get through these difficult times.
 

To learn more about the network, please go to the APAD-SL website, YouTube, and E-Library.

Key Publications
Access to Examinations Amidst Disasters - Guidelines for Conduct of Examinations in Emergencies
22 October 2020
Source:Connecting Business initiative Secretariat
2020 General Election: Right to Vote amidst Disasters - Guidelines and Operational Plan
29 September 2020
Source:Connecting Business initiative Secretariat
Sri Lanka A-PAD Update 2020-08
20 August 2020
Source:Connecting Business initiative Secretariat
Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Sri Lanka
9 June 2020
Source:Connecting Business initiative Secretariat
Flood resistance and resilience measures
9 June 2020
Source:Connecting Business initiative Secretariat
Prevention from Excessive Heat
9 June 2020
Source:Connecting Business initiative Secretariat