Early warning, early action

Early warning and early action, also known as anticipatory action or forecast-based action, means taking steps to protect people before a disaster strikes based on early warning or forecasts. To be effective, it must involve meaningful engagement with at-risk communities. 

Our work in early warning and early action

A Bangladesh Red Crescent Society volunteer uses a megaphone to communicate early warning and preparedness messages about an upcoming cyclone to his community.

Early Warnings for All

Members of a Village Disaster Protection Unit in Khammouane Province, Laos inspect a flood line metre during a disaster simulation testing their preparedness

Community early warning systems

Ukrainian Red Cross Society volunteers take part in a crisis simulation exercise to help build the skills the volunteers will likely need in the months to come.

Anticipatory action

A volunteer from the Mongolia Red Cross hands a box of food and relief items to a family in Khuvzgul province to prepare for the upcoming extreme winter season

Forecast-based financing

Philippine Red Cross Volunteers Nomalyn and Rene stand outside a house damaged by Typhoon Goni in late 2020

Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP)

A Philippine Red Cross volunteer uses a megaphone to share safety messages with people in her community on Panay island when Typhoon Haiyan hit the country in 2013


A man listens to a Red Cross broadcast on a cranking radio donated by the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society.

Alert Hub


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