Disaster preparedness contributes to saving lives and reducing economic losses

A key element of any effective disaster risk reduction strategy, preparedness can build and strengthen early warning systems, enhance public awareness and response capacities as well as improve understanding of roles and responsibilities in the event of a disaster.

This 2020 Words into Action guide on Enhancing Disaster Preparedness for Effective Response builds on and points to existing guidance and provides practical examples of risk-informed preparedness. Designed for all actors working to strengthen disaster preparedness, these guidelines offer valuable insights into national and local risk reduction strategies.

NATURAL DISASTERS AFFECTED

 

68 MILLION
PEOPLE

 

in 2018

RESILIENCE

 

$300 BILLION
ANNUALLY

 

estimated cost of climate impacts by 2030

Source: DTU

INTERNATIONAL AID

 

200 MILLION
PEOPLE EVERY YEAR

 

will need international humanitarian aid because of flood, stroms, droughts and wildfires by 2030

 

 

enhancing disaster preparedness: 6 key steps


Designed for all actors working to strengthen disaster preparedness, this animation highlights 6 key steps UNDRR recommends to guide and support preparedness strategies at national, regional and local levels.
 

IN FOCUS: BARBUDA PREPAREDNESS + "BUILD BACK BETTER"


Barbuda was the first to feel the force of Hurricane Irma in 2017. When the storm made landfall, it hit the island at about 185mph, damaging an estimated 90% of the island's properties. Find out what Barbuda learned from the catastrophe and how the nation is taking steps enhance preparedness. 

Interview with Hans ten Bergen
THE MASA GROUP


Simulations help optimize response and reduce risk by testing and measuring different strategies, leading to higher levels of preparedness. As natural disasters increase in frequency and intensity around the world, Artificial Intelligence has a role to play in informing response strategies.

Bergen

Q&A WITH SAMEH WAHBA
The World Bank


It is essential to help country leaders understand the value of improving emergency preparedness and response and investing in upgrades to their systems' capabilities and capacities.
 

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Success Stories

INDIA: TSUNAMI COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS

Since the deadly 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, India has established an early warning system and preparedness drills. When Super Cyclone Phailin hit in 2013, the state of awareness and preparedness was such that few lives were lost. Read more

EL SALVADOR: RISK-INFORMED DECISION-MAKING

Disaster risk reduction programme PRVAS brought communities into dialogue with local and national governments leading to strong engagement, community capacity building and collaborative disaster preparedness exercises. Read more

FIJI: BEYOND EARLY WARNING AND RESPONSE

Flooding in Navua, Fiji, caused extensive damage resulting in hundreds of people losing their homes and belongings. Taking a long-term approach, the UNDP helped develop early warning systems, identify vulnerabilities and create action plans. Read more

Resources

Selected resources for planning, executing
and simulating preparedness exercises


Words into Action

All the guides in the series


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