Confronting the Humanitarian Stressors of the Future

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With 150 years of experience in relief operations, the Turkish Red Crescent continues to evolve into a humanitarian force on the global stage. With operations that reach beyond its sovereign boundaries, the largest historical extent of the Ottoman Empire, and the greatest expanse of the Turkic World, the TRC is a robust NGO that responds to multiple simultaneous world emergencies. With deep engagement as diverse as responding to food insecurity in the Horn of Africa to supporting the Rohingya in Bangladesh, the TRC also provides critical support to over 3.5 million Syrian refugees in Turkey, and a brewing potential calamity just over its border in Syria’s Idlib province.

For a highly capable organization such as the TRC, what does the future hold in terms of increasingly complex humanitarian operations, refugee and migration flows, and accelerating climate change?

According to the World Bank, sea level rise could expose between 6 and 25 million people to coastal flooding in the Middle East and North Africa, including 43 port cities. An additional 80-100 million will be exposed to water stress and scarcity by 2025. And many cities throughout the region will pass a safe habitable limit for exposure to soaring temperatures.

The humanitarian stressors of the future will influence how a highly-capable NGO such as the TRC must adapt in a resilient manner to the response, recovery, mitigation, and preparedness aspects of sound disaster management.

On October 18, 2018, Blue Ocean Analytics, in partnership with the Turkish American National Steering Committee, will present a detailed analysis on this topic titled, Looking to the Future: Turkey’s Regional-to-Global Humanitarian Operations. Climate stressors including soaring temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, and even the consequences of a melting Arctic will influence the disasters and migration patterns in the TRC’s current theater of operations.

Please save the date. We kindly extend an invitation for Washington, DC partners to attend.

When: October 18, 2018

Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Where: Turkish House, 1526 18th St. NW, Washington DC.

BOA-EMT Launch and Core Capabilities Update

We are proud to announce that, on June 18, 2018, Blue Ocean Analytics – Emergency Management for Tomorrow (BOA-EMT), completed its incubation phase. We are now initiating a soft launch with select partner agencies.

BOA-EMT is a start-up, women and minority-owned small business with a strong focus on resiliency within the Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance field.

We are based in Greater Boston, Massachusetts with a simultaneous presence Washington DC/Southeast US. With two founding partners and a senior advisor, BOA-EMT brings over 45 years of combined professional experience in the development and delivery of federally-funded hazard mitigation services, disaster recovery and resiliency, international development and analysis, as well as climate change-based threat assessment.

Latest Developments

We have developed a core architecture to deliver BOA-EMT content and capacity building-based trainings. Current content development and production includes:

  • Operational trainings on Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) best practices, application development,  Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA) field-based techniques, and integrating HMA into complex Recovery and Resiliency environments, including in an operational Joint Field Office setting;
  • Resilient Recovery techniques; and
  • Analysis of emerging threats in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance as well as Climate Disruption.

On October 18 2018, we will deliver a high profile presentation on emerging trends in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance to an audience including the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NGOs/think tanks in Washington DC. This is in partnership with the Turkish American National Steering Committee.

Core Capabilities

BOA-EMT’s three core capabilities are:

  1. Mitigation and Resiliency
  2. Strategic Management Consulting through Capacity Building
  3. Threat Assessment

Mitigation and Resiliency

BOA-EMT brings robust and nationally-recognized (U.S.) capabilities in the field of Hazard Mitigation and Resiliency. We have strong Subject Matter Expertise in FEMA-funded Mitigation funding streams including the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program, and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) programs. Our team has managed well over $200M in FEMA mitigation funding over the course of our careers and has attained recognition as SMEs and trainers, including serving as State instructors for Benefit Cost Analysis (BCA).

This includes full life cycle grants management–development, pre-approval, implementation and closeout; post-disaster intake operations in a field setting; Joint Field Office HMGP development operations, project scoping, as well as BCA of a large variety of project types including buyouts, elevations, reconstructions, stormwater management projects (culvert upsizes, detention ponds, etc), wind shutter and tornado saferooms, as well as power redundancy and early warning projects.

Strategic Management through Capacity Building

As a women and minority-owned small business, BOA-EMT provides strategic consulting to our clients and partners through an ethic of capacity building. We believe in helping our partners to internalize capabilities to manage multiple resilient recovery funding streams in a fast-changing environment. It is our commitment to help our clients be in a better position to manage a new project within their organization and stakeholders.

BOA-EMT also has tried and tested real-world experience in the integration of resilience into post-disaster recovery programming, where HMGP interfaces with Public Assistance, Individual Assistance, Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) and local and state-funding streams. This can be a complex political and pressurized environment to navigate for the public and private sector as well as disaster survivors. BOA-EMT brings authentic best practices and suggestions to our partners and clients, including the use of BCA as an objective common denominator.

Threat Assessment

BOA-EMT’s team also includes international experience operating in analytical roles in classified environments in Southwest Asia and the Middle East. We have worked for think tanks that cover Central Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Asia-Pacific. We have had analysis published by think tanks covering climate and security, and have appeared in Devex, Accuweather, Monday Developments Magazine, the Huffington Post, the Center for Climate and Security, and Foreign Policy Magazine. Our work on disaster analysis has even been referred to in international radio broadcasts. One of our hallmarks is integrating climate disruption intelligence into our analysis and products.

As we continue to develop this capability in our roll-out plan, please visit our multimedia library on our website for examples of our analytical writing, podcasts, and interview appearances.

Please contact us at boa.emt.directors@gmail.com if we can provide project scoping or implementation support, or to discuss potential collaboration.