News & Information – July 2010
Emergency planning isn't just for those who face natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes. Everyone faces the risk of man-made disasters that could come at any time in the form of chemical spills, terrorism, fires, prolonged power outages, and structural collapses, among others.

There are three basic steps to emergency planning for your family.

First, do you have an emergency kit on hand that has basic supplies such as bandages and rubbing alcohol? Help will come after a major disaster but rescue crews may not be able to get to everyone immediately. Your family will need to have enough food, water and other supplies to last you for at least three days.

Second, do you have a basic plan for responding to such disasters? Do you know how to contact each member of your family? You may not be together when a disaster strikes. How will you contact each other and get back together? What are the best evacuation routes?

Third, are you informed about potential emergencies in your area? Some aspects for preparing for a disaster are the same no matter the emergency, such as an emergency kit and communications plan. However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that may affect the decisions you make. It is also advisable to learn about the emergency plans that have been established by your local authorities.

If you prepare for a disaster, your chances of survival are greater than if you don't. IOCC has created a complete Emergency Preparedness Kit to help you and your family provide for your own safety and security in the event of an emergency.

I wish you a continued safe fall as we begin a new school and church calendar year.

In Christ,

Constantine M. Triantafilou
Executive Director and CEO

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(photo: Jonathan Ernst/LWR-ACT Alliance)
IOCC Launches New Projects in Haiti
IOCC recently initiated two innovative projects which will not only help Haitians to recover from last January's devastating earthquake but will also contribute to the viability of Haiti's natural environment. IOCC will partner with fellow ACT Alliance member, Norwegian Church AID, to create biogas digesters that convert human waste into methane energy that can be used for cooking and industrial heating as well as to generate electricity. These digesters solve a number of problems since at present very little human waste is properly treated in Haiti. The country is also considered extremely energy poor with electricity and gas available only to a minority of families. The majority of Haiti's energy demand is met through overexploited natural resources in the form of firewood and charcoal. In another initiative, IOCC will work with fellow ACT Alliance member Lutheran World Federation (LWF) to plant trees in two of the most important forest reserves in the country, Macaya Park and Foret des Pins. The project will restock these two important biospheres with trees while providing jobs for unemployed Haitians. IOCC's response to the earthquake has reached nearly $4 million and includes the delivery of medicines and hospital supplies, water purification and sanitation equipment, wheelchairs and crutches, tents and shelter materials, hygiene kits, fuel, food, blankets and mattresses.

For more information, visit

In many places around the world, families struggle to provide a basic education for their children. By putting together a school kit with simple supplies, your family can give a child the tools needed to do well in school, such as new pencils, an eraser, crayons, and other supplies. IOCC then assures that the kits are delivered to children in need.

For more information on how to assemble these kits, visit

(photo: Wassim Faysal/IOCC)

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