Working with communities to prepare for disasters and reduce their impact.

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Disaster preparedness refers to measures taken to prepare for and reduce the effects of disasters. That is, to predict and, where possible, prevent disasters, mitigate their impact on vulnerable populations, and respond to and effectively cope with their consequences.

Disaster preparedness provides a platform to design effective, realistic and coordinated planning, reduces duplication of efforts and increase the overall effectiveness of National Societies, household and community members disaster preparedness and response efforts. Disaster preparedness activities embedded with risk reduction measures can prevent disaster situations and also result in saving maximum lives and livelihoods during any disaster situation, enabling the affected population to get back to normalcy within a short time period.

Disaster preparedness is a continuous and integrated process resulting from a wide range of risk reduction activities and resources rather than from a distinct sectoral activity by itself. It requires the contributions of many different areas—ranging from training and logistics, to health care, recovery, livelihood to institutional development.

Reducing risks

Vulnerability and capacity assessment (VCA)

Disaster preparedness tools

Recent additions to the resources library

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To date there has been little formal, empirical research that has been conducted on capacity building for disaster risk management (DRM). This research project was designed as an initial step towards filling that knowledge and evidence gap.

3 December 2017
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The Red Cross Red Crescent has a long tradition of educating communities on disaster risks, increasing safety and resilience through campaigns, informal education, participatory learning and formal school-based interventions.

20 November 2017
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Mozambique lies along the eastern side of southern Africa. Like its neighbours, the country experiences a complex mix of social trends and natural disasters that contribute to high levels of vulnerability that negatively impact its development.

20 November 2017

News stories

Guatemalan Red Cross, with the support of Norwegian Red Cross, trained 476 people through the “Community Resilience Project” with the aim of increasing their resilience to disasters.

29 August 2017

Thanks to the efforts of Red Cross staff and volunteers working closely with local communities, more than one million seedlings have been planted across three countries in Indonesia including Aceh, central Java and West Nusa Tenggara, where there is a high risk of disasters such as tsunamis, floods and landslides.

1 August 2017

A Leaders’ Forum was held on Wednesday 24 May 2017 in Cancun, Mexico, at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

31 May 2017

Doney Cliram is well aware of the effects of coastal erosion and floods. He has seen with his own eyes how the sea is devouring the land near his home.

16 May 2017