IDDR 2017

International Day for Disaster Reduction Webinar

13th October 2017 – Online

The free webinar being run in support of UNISDR’s International Day for Disaster Reduction 2017. This year’s slogan is Home Safe Home. In this 1 hour webinar the QSAND team joined by Catholic Relief Service (CRS), will explore practical examples and strategic tools demonstration for embedding sustainability and resilience in disaster prone / affected communities. Find out more about IDDR 2017 here


International Day for Disaster Reduction, held every 13th October, celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. In support of the Day this webinar will focus on two areas which can help reduce risk and impact of disasters and an additional area focused on collaborations and getting involved with the areas discussed with time for Q&A

1. Shelter solutions:

  • Humanitarian Demonstration Shelter

CRS and BRE (Building Research Establishment) collaborated to create a demonstration of the techniques and materials that can be used to create an effective humanitarian shelter. Based on the Sphere Standards for shelter building, the unit is an amalgam of various techniques and materials, showing how various vernacular materials such as bamboo, adobe bricks and mud construction can be used in different parts of the world.” More information is available at:

2. Holistic Shelter and Settlement Sustainability and Resilience tool

  • QSAND (Quantifying Sustainability in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters) tool

QSAND is a free to use shelter and settlement sustainability assessment tool. Developed by BRE on behalf of International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies working with a range of humanitarian stakeholders its focus is to promote and inform sustainable approaches to relief, recovery and reconstruction before and after a natural disaster. Its focus is in imbedding long term sustainability measures in the built environment which promote resilience over the life of the development and as a result, support disaster affected areas to recover faster following a natural disaster.

QSAND has been practically applied on projects out in Gorkha, Nepal. This application of QSAND has allowed the projects to focus on key areas and promote sustainability and resilience in the reconstruction after the 2015 earthquake. This has allowed communities to reduce their vulnerability and exposure to natural disasters in the future.

3. How you can get involved

  • The demonstration shelter is based at BRE’s innovation park in the UK. It is free to access and will be used in part as an educational tool for those interested in learning more about the practical side of creating sustainable resilient shelters
  • Application and development of QSAND is underway, find out how you can get involved and how the tool may be able to support your work

Join us and CRS for what is set to be a practical, thought provoking webinar in support of UNISDR’s International Day for Disaster Reduction 2017

When is it happening?:

13th October 2017

10am – 11am  British Summer Time (GMT +1)

For more information:


Call: 0333 321 88 11