New disaster law research underway! Development of a ‘Checklist on Law and Disaster Preparedness and Response’ launched this month.

Published: 9 June 2017 7:04 CET

By Isabelle Granger


The IFRC Disaster Law Programme (DLP) has embarked on a new area of global research, to develop a comprehensive ‘Checklist on Law and Disaster Preparedness and Response’. The purpose of this new tool will be to support governments to incorporate key elements relating to preparedness and response in the development of their national disaster risk management laws.  


In recent years, the DLP has received numerous requests for technical assistance in this area, and this new research will fill a gap in the existing set of tools developed by the DLP so far, which have mainly focused on the role of law in addressing disaster risk reduction and the facilitation of international disaster assistance.


The research and development of the new Checklist will cover several key areas, including:

  • state of emergency and/or state of disaster
  • institutional arrangements
  • information systems
  • funding sources
  • contingency planning
  • legal facilities
  • rights to assistance
  • security and protection
  • shelter
  • liability and accountability.


The Checklist will also include elements to ensure that the auxiliary role of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is clearly outlined in the relevant DRM laws, as well as addressing regulatory issues relating to cash programming, forecast-based financing, and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in disaster response.


The research is being conducted globally in a total of 30 countries, with pro bono assistance from the Thompson Reuters TrustLaw Foundation, A4ID and partnering law firms, and some academic partners. For more information about this research, please contact the IFRC’s Disaster Law Programme at disaster.law@ifrc.org.


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