Expanding the reach of fast, reliable, and accurate early warning messages to people at risk through promoting the use of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP)

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A step-by-step guide to building disaster resilience of small and medium businesses and organizations.


Resources developed by the Red Cross Red Crescent Network to help communities prepare for heat waves.

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Disasters Claim Fewer Lives, But Economic Costs Soar: Insights from 50 Years of WMO Data

28 Aug 2023

Extreme weather, climate and water-related events caused 11,778 reported disasters between 1970 and 2021, according to a new figure from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). These events resulted in a toll of over 2 million deaths and economic losses amounting to US$ 4.3 trillion. While economic losses have surged, there has been …

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Collaborative Partnership – Services Providers and Service Users

Resilience Community 14 Jul 2023
This story was prepared and submitted by the Hong Kong Red Cross, Branch of Red Cross Society of China. Sub-divided units (SDUs), one of the “sp...

A New Kind of Disaster Aid: Pay People Cash, Before Disaster Strikes

Avatar photo Vladislav Kovalevski 10 Jul 2023
This story was prepared by and originally published by the New York Times. Experiments suggest that sums as low as $50 can help the world’s poor...

Putting communities in the driver seat: Good practices from the Philippines

Zurich Flood Alliance Jonathan Ulrich 12 Jun 2023
In the spirit of the localization agenda, the flood resilience project of the Philippine Red Cross accompanies, enables, and connects communities to b...

Cyclone Mocha: Accurate forecasts spur preparedness in Myanmar and Bangladesh

Global Disaster Preparedness Center 17 May 2023
Cyclone Mocha made landfall near Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh on on May 14th as an extremely severe cyclonic storm and moved inland, weaken...

Nature-based Solution for River basin and Coastal Risk Resilience Community

Thomas Aquino Banir Hikmat 16 May 2023
The Nature-based Solution for River basin and Coastal Risk Resilience Community program is applied harmoniously within the framework of Integrated Com...

Adapting to the impacts of extreme heat in Bangladesh’s labour force

Global Disaster Preparedness Center 08 May 2023
The health and productivity of the workforce in Bangladesh is under increasing threat in a warming world. In this commentary, Lucia Letsch, Shouro Das...

How to create effective and inclusive early warnings: 11 recommendations from research

Avatar photo Vladislav Kovalevski 17 Apr 2023
Early warning systems (EWS) have been widely recognized as an essential tool to reduce risks and improve preparedness and response to natural hazards....

New Teen Prep Kit Supports Young People to Get Started with Disaster Preparedness

Avatar photo Rita Ewing 07 Mar 2023
The Global Disaster Preparedness Center and the American Red Cross are pleased to announce the launch of Teen Prep Kit, a unique resource designed to ...

Nobody can predict earthquakes, but we can forecast them. Here’s how

Global Disaster Preparedness Center 15 Feb 2023
After devastating earthquakes, it’s common to see discussion of earthquake prediction. An earthquake prediction requires, in advance, the specif...

Working with local partners – and nature – for flood resilience

Zurich Flood Alliance Jonathan Ulrich 27 Jan 2023
Building on the successful cooperation between the Red Cross of Montenegro and the municipality of Golubovci on the repair and construction of a flood...


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Extreme Heat

Resources developed by the RCRC Network to help communities prepare for heat waves


Teen Prep Kit

Created by teens for teens, this kit offers a fun and accessible way to learn about preparedness

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Humanitarian Service Points

Guidance to support National Societies and partners to establish and operate HSPs

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Report, Research

Extreme heat in Central and South America

28 Sep 2023
The rise in extreme temperatures due to climate change is generating a direct impact on human health, ranging from dehydration, heat cramps, heat strokes, increased mental illnesses, to renal and cardio-pulmonary diseases, and even premature death. Moreover, extreme heat is also generating indirect ... Read More
Case Study, Report

Report: The Future of Volunteers in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response

27 Sep 2023
Climate change, rural to urban migration, an aging population, municipal task shifting, and changes in the way people volunteer – many forces will affect the risk landscape local disaster preparedness and emergency response actors will have to confront in the decades to come. What do we in the... Read More

Webinar: 2023 El Nino – Impact, Preparedness, Funding

26 Sep 2023
The El Niño phenomenon is strengthening in the Africa Region with severe impacts predicted for Eastern and Southern Africa. To help African National Societies and their partners anticipate and prepare for the likely impacts of the El Niño phenomena, IFRC Africa, in partnership with the Red Cross ... Read More
Guidance material

Community Brigades – Solutions Brief

20 Sep 2023
This solution brief forms part of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance’s solutions series. The solution series aims to improve outreach and impact of such resilient practices at a global level. This brief explores how the Mexican Red Cross have worked to strengthen social capacities and local ... Read More
Case Study

‘Emergent advocacy’ in long-term programming

19 Sep 2023
After years of community-based work coupled with iterative sharing with local, regional, and national government actors, the Mexican Red Cross’ community brigades approach has been formally recognized by organizations and government at all levels. This achievement represents an important shift in ... Read More
Case Study

La “incidencia emergente” en la programación a largo plazo

19 Sep 2023
Tras años de trabajo basado en la comunidad, junto con un intercambio iterativo con actores gubernamentales locales, regionales y nacionales, el enfoque de las brigadas comunitarias de la Cruz Roja Mexicana ha sido reconocido formalmente por organizaciones y gobiernos a todos los niveles. Los logro... Read More

Towards effective early warning systems: Impact and lessons from Nepal and Peru

01 Sep 2023
Towards effective early warning systems: Impact and lessons from Nepal and Peru. A report with findings from Practical Action’s commissioned assessment to better understand the impact of our people-centred early warning system (EWS) programming in Nepal and Peru. The evidence gained is intende... Read More
Case Study

Pathways toward change: A model for growth Insights from the Mexican Red Cross’ Flood Resilience Program

31 Aug 2023
This case study explores the model used by the Mexican Red Cross to set up their Alliance program for long-term operation, scalability, and impact. The details of the program’s growth and expansion are particular to the Mexican Red Cross’ experience, which are the result of in-depth collaboratio... Read More

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