Disasters Emergency Committee
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. DEC brings together a unique alliance of the UK's aid, corporate, public and broadcasting sectors to rally the nation's compassion, and ensure that funds raised go to DEC agencies best placed to deliver effective and timely relief to people most in need.
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.
In November 2013, the DEC launched an emergency appeal for the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
- British Red Cross
- CARE International
- Christian Aid
- Age UK
- Islamic Relief
- Plan UK
- Save the Children
- World Vision
- "Haiti Earthquake Appeal". Disasters Emergency Committee. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
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