The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the International Federation for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are today launching the re-designed Early Warning Systems Toolkit. This toolkit  is a compilation of guidance and operational documents in an online platform.

The toolkit is an information resource for sector practitioners, policy and decision-makers’ which can be used for developing and/or strengthening early warning systems for hydro-meteorological and coastal hazards within the Caribbean context.  It is part of a project that involves the assessment of national early warning systems and the eventual integration of community early warning systems. The overall goal of the project, which takes place in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Cuba over an 18-month period, is to strengthen disaster preparedness and risk reduction through Integrated Early Warning Systems (EWS).

This toolkit provides an overview of successful practices from the field related to establishing EWS and presents guiding principles that will build a strong foundation for the design or strengthening of EWS at any level.  Presently, the toolkit comprises five sections, one of which is a case study section. The remaining four are consistent with the four key components identified for the development and sustainability of a successful people-centered EWS.

The toolkit is dynamic and will be updated periodically, building on experience and knowledge generated through various activities at the country, regional and international level.  The toolkit is meant to be a strategic tool that guides decision makers on the development of an EWS.

It has been developed through the DIPECHO Action Plan for the Caribbean, implemented by the UNDP, CDEMA, IFRC and funded by the General Directorate of Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid of the European Union (ECHO).

You can access the Toolkit here.