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

DRR Information Sheet

Disaster risk reduction is the concept and practice of reducing disaster risks through systemic efforts. It therefore encompasses a broad range of activities – from ensuring that legislative and policy approaches reflect known hazards, to community-bas …

30 March 2018
IFRC Framework for Community Resilience-Thumb-EN

For the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) the concept of community resilience represents a unique opportunity as this approach in many ways captures the totality of what the IFRC is working to achieve. Although the …

8 March 2018
1310403-Road Map to Community Resilience-Thumb_EN

The Road Map to Community Resilience (Road Map) is for National Society staff and volunteers, and IFRC and its operational partners, who want to help communities become safer and stronger. The Road Map provides step-by-step guidance on how to operation …

8 March 2018

News stories

The risk of disaster, due to a natural phenomenon, can happen at any time, so Land Rover and the Red Cross are helping people in remote areas to prepare for any emergency.

7 November 2018

If you knew 20 minutes before that a severe flood or tsunami would occur, what would you do?

17 October 2018

October 13 marks International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. This day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters…

15 October 2018

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 T …

29 August 2018