Risk assessment and planning
To help effectively prepare and protect communities from hazards, we work with them to understand the risks they face and their ability to take action to reduce disaster risk.
For many years, Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have worked hand-in-hand with communities around the world to identify, understand and address risks to their lives and livelihoods.
Enhanced Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (EVCA)
Through our Enhanced Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (EVCA) approach, we support communities to understand:
- Where risks come from
- Which members of the community will be worst affected
- What resources are available to reduce these risks
- What actions they can take to prepare and reduce the risks they face
Road map to community resilience
Photo: Valérie Batselaere
Building community resilience is all about empowering communities to shape their lives and create a safe, healthy and prosperous future. It is a participatory process led by communities themselves—not something that can, or should, be imposed upon them.
Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have been supporting community resilience for many decades, helping them to become safer and stronger.
Our Road Map for Community Resilience provides step-by-step guidance on how National Societies can best coordinate and adapt their work to engage with communities and help them develop resilience-building action plans.
Watch: Road map to community resilience
The IFRC is part of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance (ZFRA), an international partnership across different sectors which helps communities take practical steps to build their flood resilience. Its long-term vision is that floods will have no negative impact on the ability of people and businesses to thrive.
Find out more about the Alliance in this brochure. And discover practical flood resilience tools produced by the Alliance below.