Based upon its body of volunteers and the Hyogo Framework for Action as a guide, the White Helmets Commission carries out four types of actions:
In case of emergency and socionatural disasters, when its collaboration is requested, White Helmets coordinates teams of Rapid Response volunteers, who work in the field providing assistance in previously determined areas or topics.
In these cases, candidates are pre-identified and pre-selected and the work team is organized and inspected to verify that it is in a position to act in the field with a delay no greater than 72 hours after the disaster.
Apart from its concrete contributions to assist victims, these humanitarian assistance missions provide training and practice to local resources in the diagnosis of damaged structures, management of humanitarian supplies, and strengthening of local volunteer work.
Likewise, White Helmets makes several humanitarian aid supplies available to the international community. Among such supplies, it delivers clothing, blankets, tents, rehydration salts, water purifiers, medicines, food and tools, which are delivered in coordination with local authorities and in accordance with the informed needs.
In order to guarantee effectiveness and timeliness required by this type of aid provision, White Helmets human resources specialized in logistics and supplies management participate in the missions.
Rehabilitation and Reconstruction
Once the immediate impacts of the emergency have been overcome, White Helmets takes medium and long-term development measures for the purpose of strengthening local response mechanisms and reconstructing productive structures that may have been damaged.
In this regard, missions carry out actions focused on health care provision, education and agri-food assistance.
Comprehensive Risk Management and Resilience
In line with the Hyogo Framework for Action and the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, White Helmets regards disasters not only as natural but also as social, economic, and environmental phenomena. The consequences of such disasters depend on the degree of vulnerability of the society, which derives from complex factors such as inequality and poverty, the degradation of ecosystems, and climate change.
In this vein, White Helmets promotes comprehensive risk management by creating prevention tools to reduce vulnerabilities and strengthen the resilience of the communities.
For instance, through programmes, training and workshops, White Helmets fosters the building of local capacities, disseminates experiences and good practices, and raises awareness of the benefits of reducing disaster risks and adopting policies to prevent and reduce vulnerabilities.
Actions on Argentine territory
Within Argentina, White Helmets works on projects of disaster prevention and response by creating resilience tools through the local voluntary work strengthening programme.
Furthermore, it collaborates in emergency assistance in coordination with federal agencies and provincial and municipal governments.