The American Red Cross and the International Federation Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have established the Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) as a resource to support innovation and learning in disaster preparedness around the world. As one of 12 reference centers in the international Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) network, the GDPC aims to strengthen and enhance disaster management – namely preparedness – capacities of Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies and their partners worldwide.

The GDPC provides specific network-wide services in response to national and community demand for tools and learning on disaster preparedness and resilience. In additional, the GDPC supports research to identify disaster preparedness programs that can be implemented effectively in a wide variety of settings. This empowers a robust global partnership spanning the Red Cross and Red Crescent network, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, regional and civil society organizations and academic institutions.

The GDPC website – – is a gateway to an open forum and library of research, best practices, tools and other resources. The site features resource sections in different languages, toolkits and guidance material on over 150 topics, community groups feature connecting practitioners and much more. Preparedness toolkits and guidance are available in four broad preparedness categories: Individual and Household; Business; Youth; and City and Climate. The range of GDPC activities are outlined in the GDPC Activities section of our site.

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  • Omar Abou-Samra, Director
  • Nate Cooper, Sr. Advisor and GDPC liaison with the IFRC Secretariat in Geneva
  • Colin Fernandes, Urban Resilience Regional Coordinator
  • Karin Metz, Knowledge Management Officer
  • Sawyer Baker, Program Officer
  • Bonnie Haskell, Community Preparedness Advisor
  • Amani Osman, Knowledge Management Specialist
  • Santiago Del Giudice, Disaster Preparedness/Apps Fellow

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