IFRC

Disaster preparedness tools

International Federation approach

International Federation approach

The National Societies should prioritise disaster preparedness and integrate it into their overall programming efforts.

Community preparedness

Community preparedness

Disaster preparedness provides a platform to design effective, realistic and coordinated planning, reduces duplication of efforts and increase the overall effectiveness of National Societies.

Early warning

Early warning

Early warning systems have limitations in terms of saving lives if they are not combined with “people-centred” networks.

Better programming initiative

Better programming initiative

The better Programming Initiative (BPI) is an impact assessment tool developed by the International Federation and adapted from the Local Capacities for Peace Project (LCPP).

Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA)

Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA)

Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) uses various participatory tools to gauge people’s exposure to and capacity to resist natural hazards.

Well-prepared National Societies

Well-prepared National Societies

Well-prepared National Societies (WPNS) is a self-assessment tool that helps National Societies recognize, prioritize and plan activities to improve their capacity for disaster management.

Contingency planning

Contingency planning

Contingency planning aims to prepare an organization to respond well to an emergency and its potential humanitarian impact.

Training for response

Training in disaster management

The aim of disaster management training is to build the capacity of staff and volunteers to improve preparedness and response at all levels before during and after disasters.

Logistics preparedness

Logistics preparedness

Logistics preparedness is a key component of any disaster reduction effort. It must be based on the vulnerability and resource assessment.


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