Disasters Emergency Committee

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The Disasters Emergency Committee is an umbrella group comprising fourteen UK charities. These charities are all associated with disaster related issues such as providing clean water, humanitarian aid and medical care.

The DEC was created in 1963. Chairman (as of 2011) is Clive Jones.

The DEC comes into force when a major disaster strikes, requiring a significant and rapid aid response.

In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, the committee provided 3000 telephone lines for people to give donations and ran television campaigns in order to obtain donations. It was instrumental in coordinating the efforts of the member charities so that all the areas affected received aid and that there was no duplication of effort in the services provided in any one area.

From 12 January 2010 to 31 July 2010, the DEC appealed for donations in support of humanitarian relief in the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, raising a total of £107million.[1]

In November 2013, the DEC launched an emergency appeal for the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.

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  1. ^ "Haiti Earthquake Appeal". Disasters Emergency Committee. Retrieved 12 November 2013. 

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