Action-oriented key messages for households and schools

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BE PREPARED. TAKE ACTION.

Explore concised and actionable messages for disaster prevention. The following materials will provide everything you need to take action and before, during, and after a hazard. If these actionable messages are universally practised, disaster risks can be substantially reduced at individual and household levels, and more lives can be saved.

BE PREPARED. TAKE ACTION.

Explore concise and actionable messages for disaster prevention. The following materials will provide everything you need to take action before, during, and after a hazard impact. If these actionable messages are universally practised, disaster risks can be substantially reduced at individual and household levels, and more lives can be saved.

About the Messages

Every year, shocks, disasters and hazards such as earthquakes, floods, pandemics and landslides, lead to thousands of avoidable deaths. Information shared at the right time, in an understandable format, by trusted sources, can be the most effective life-saving tool in such events. Indeed, knowledge is empowerment when it comes to preparing for, mitigating the impact and responding to shocks and hazards. Deciding on a family preparedness plan; pre-identifying evacuation routes in the building and neighbourhood; knowing to turn the electricity-box off in the event of flooding; remembering to check on older persons in a heat wave: these are the sorts of measures that can equip individuals and families to confidently take action and stay safe in the face of disasters.

In a changing climate, with increased risks of extreme weather and disasters, the public will need to have a greater awareness of  the  risks  they face and what they can do to  be prepared.  The International Federation of Red  Cross  and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Save the Children have a long history of helping communities build their resilience. The PAPE key messages are a tool that will support communities to build their knowledge-base and put in place their own measures to stay safe. It is important to consider each action and ask whether it needs to be adapted to the local context.

What is a Hazard?

A dangerous phenomenon, substance, human activity or condition that may cause loss of life, injury or other health impacts, property damage, loss of livelihoods and services, social and economic disruption, or environmental damage.

The classification of hazards presented here is based on categories used globally by the main hazard-related databases.

All messages

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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR FAMILY AND HOME?

This page provides vital information on how to prepare your family and household for different types of hazards. Download templates, checklists, and more useful materials. Watch videos and read best practices to keep your beloveds safe.

EXPLORE HAZARD-SPECIFIC MESSAGES

Drought

Earthquakes

Cyclones

Heatwave

Landslides

Floods

Extreme cold

Tsunami

Hailstorm

Pandemic

Volcano

Technological

Wildfires

CHILD PROTECTION IN EMERGENCIES

Child protection in disasters and emergencies refers to the prevention and response to abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence against children in times of emergency caused by natural or manmade disasters, conflicts, or other crises. This includes all forms of physical and psychological abuse, sexual and gender-based violence, and deprivation of basic needs. The age of a child is defined, to reflect the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, as any person under the age of 18 years.

Best practices

SCHOOL SAFETY

These standard operating procedures for disasters and emergencies in schools are designed to be a template for national or sub-national education authorities to adapt and adopt as standard guidance for all primary and junior schools.

It is important for school staff to have a strong understanding of these procedures. You will need to: think through how these will work and what adaptations are needed for your schools.

KEY DOCUMENTS

National adaptation and localization process

A quick guide on how to adapt the key messages for a national context

Community engagement approaches

Quick guide on how to use the messages with community engagement approaches.

How to use the messages

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Online best practices and examples

SAFE STEPS

is created and developed by Prudence Foundation, the community investment arm of Prudential Corporation Asia. At its core, SAFE STEPS comprises a series of public service announcements (PSAs) that aim to raise awareness and provide easy-to-understand educational information on life-threatening issues in the hope of saving lives and building more resilient communities.

READY STEADY SAFE APP

This app can help you get a little better prepared for emergencies and work out which hazards you should plan for. Play mini-games and challenges and, by doing so, you can create your own custom personalised emergency plan. These games have been designed with children, for children, based on their interests and needs.

HAZARD APP

This app allows users to prepare their homes and families for disaster, find help and let others know they are safe. An in-built alert system will allow you to receive alerts based on the location and type of hazard you are monitoring. Through the Hazard App, you will receive official emergency warnings and alerts from participating agencies according to your location or the locations of your friends and family.

TANAH: EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI FIGHTER

With the number of natural disasters significantly increasing in the Asia and Pacific regions, including the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami and the recent 2015 Nepal Earthquake, there is a need for preparedness initiatives to increase awareness and readiness in an innovative way. Tanah: Earthquake and Tsunami Fighter is a fun action packed game that makes learning about disaster risk reduction actions interesting and engaging for people of all ages.

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