Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP)
After the severe cyclone in 1970, by the request of the United Nations,Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) was established in 1972 with the help of the then legue of Red Cross. After One Year the league of Red Cross decided to withdraw the program from the field with effects from 1st July 1973. Considering the importance of the programme, for the interest of the coastal belt people, government came forward and took the responsibility of the programme by deciding to continue the programme with effect from July, 1973. The Programme was approved by the then honorable Prime Minister The Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. As a result it appeared as a joint programme of Government of Bangladesh & Bangladesh Red Crescent Society. From that time it has been working in the field of disaster management in Bangladesh especially in early warning system, search and rescue, evacuation, sheltering, First aid, relief distribution and rehabilitation activities It has Obtained a great name and fame all over the world for its well managed and motivated disaster management activities with a dedicated humanitarian spirit. Bangladesh has already proved its skillness and effectiveness to disaster response especially in case of Cyclonic disaster which has been appreciated by many others countries in the world.. Now CPP is considered as a model programme in the disaster management field in the world. CPP own the “Smith Tumsaroch award-1998” for its Outstanding Performance in disaster management field.
In policy concern, CPP is run by a Policy Committee headed by Honorable Minister, Ministry of Disaster Management & Relief(MoDMR) and in administrative concern, it is operated by an Implementation Board headed by the Secretary,Minister of Disaster Management and Relief (MoFDM.)
The CPP has 203 officers /staffs and 49,365 Volunteers among which 16,455 Female volunteers. 3,291 unit, 322 union , 37 upazila of 13 coastal districts are the command area of CPP.