The Department for International Development has deployed a team of more than 60 search and rescue responders and medical experts as part of a cross-government capacity...
Review looking at ways to improve the government’s use of science advice in predicting and preparing for disasters.
In June 2011, Andrew Mitchell, the Secretary of State for International Development, asked Sir John Beddington to improve the Government’s use of science in both predicting and preparing for disasters, drawing on the Chief Scientific Advisers’ network across Government. In addressing this request, Sir John commissioned two pieces of work. The first piece of work is called “The Use of Science in Humanitarian Emergencies and Disasters” and is primarily focused on government, and changes to the way government plans and prepares for international humanitarian emergencies. There are three main recommendations which can be implemented relatively quickly to make a real difference to improve the way government currently uses scientific advice.