In Priority Five of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), strengthening preparedness for response at all levels, the HFA highlighted the essential role that disaster preparedness can play in saving lives and livelihoods particularly when integrated into an overall disaster risk reduction approach.
This guidance and indicator tool is designed to provide guidance on how to meet the challenge of being prepared to respond as set out in Priority Five of the HFA. This tool aims primarily to assist governments, local authorities, and other stakeholders concerned with natural hazards in potentially vulnerable settings. It is primarily geared towards those who are at the beginning of the process of developing a disaster preparedness capability. Given that many governments and others have gained a wide range of experience in developing disaster preparedness systems in a risk reduction framework, it is expected that stakeholders will adapt the tool to their particular context as appropriate.
This document is designed to complement and expand upon the disaster preparedness and response components of the ISDR guidelines; Words into action: A guide for implementing the Hyogo Framework (2007); and the Indicators of progress: guidance on measuring the reduction of disaster risks and the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (2008).