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Mission of DRCM
The mission of DRCM within Rotary BeLux is:
To provide umbrella services to Rotary structures and members to form a force multiplier in the context of our assistance to victims of catastrophes, making our actions as integrated, efficient and effective as possible.
Some basic principles
1. The basic principles of Rotary's operation and organisation remain unchanged and are incorporated into a mission-oriented net-centric structure;
2. Rotary DRCM's deployment is non-conflicting. Wherever possible, partnerships with other existing and ad hoc structures will be facilitated or encouraged, but without denying Rotary's fundamental objectives and values.
3. Rotary's Four Questions and Seven Goals are the core of our actions and the ethics and morality by which Rotarians are employed in Disaster Relief.
These determine our target groups and the priority areas that will be supported.
4. Rotary DRCM does not act vicariously and will therefore, in principle, not undertake actions for which other institutional actors - governments, insurers, ... - have a main responsibility. - authorities, insurers, etc., unless there is an urgent humanitarian need.
5. Rotary is a universal humanitarian organisation that acts without the limitation of administrative, linguistic, religious or other boundaries.
In the first weeks a fundamental framework was drawn up and put in place, so that the mutual contacts and information flows could be structured:
- All the locations in the Vesdre valley where Rotarians were active were mapped out: an impressive 24 zones!
- - For each of these locations, a lead Club was identified;
- - In each of these Clubs, a local coordination cell was set up - an OSOCC (On-Scene Operational Coordination Cell);
- - In each OSOCC, a "liaison officer" - a local contact - was appointed to be Rotary's eyes and ears with the local population, public authorities and other aid organisations;
- - A digital information system "EDEN" was rolled out;
- - A start was made with the cataloguing of processes, the search for storage spaces, a supply and demand mechanism, etc;
- - The first informal inter-district coordination took shape.