8:00am Monday 19th March 2012
EVESHAM-based Evenproducts has been chosen to join a network of experts ready to be called on by Government in times of international crisis, such as famine, floods and earthquakes.
The company, based in Blayney’s Lane, is one of the UK’s major water storage and supply experts, exporting half its production overseas, which includes the design and manufacture of water storage, distribution and sanitation equipment for rapidresponse to emergency humanitarian aid needs. The company also specialises in horticultural and irrigation supplies for UK growers, greenhouses and nurseries.
Evenproducts is one of 34 non-government organisations that specialise in disaster response invited to join the network. The new Rapid Response Fund will be activated in the event of a large-scale crisis. The selected organisations will be approached within two hours and expected to take immediate action.
International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell said: “Only the professionals, with relevant skills and equipment, will be approved. By working with a small pool of specialists, we will end the dangerous crush of aid organisations which often pour into a disaster zone. These organisations represent the very best performing disaster response agencies. This will allow them to focus on delivery.”
Jenny Rohde, humanitarian aid director at Evenproducts, added: “We were delighted to be approached by DFID to join this small network of humanitarian aid specialists. We have valuable expertise in disaster response honed over many years and have built a committed and dynamic team which springs into action at short notice to deliver essential water and sanitation equipment to disasterstruck communities.”
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