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


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)

Business Preparedness Initiative

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

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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...



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


Data Playbook

120 exercises, games, scenarios, slides, and checklists to assist you and your teams on your data journey

Featured Resources


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
Case Study

Un modelo de crecimiento: las vías hacia el cambio Experiencias del Proyecto de Resiliencia ante Inundaciones de la Cruz Roja Mexicana

31 Aug 2023
Este caso de estudio explora el modelo utilizado por la Cruz Roja Mexicana para la implementación, escalamiento e impacto del proyecto a largo plazo dentro de la Alianza. Los detalles del crecimiento y la expansión son particulares y resultado de una profunda colaboración con las comunidades, ... Read More
Case Study, Research

Indigenous knowledge, community resilience, and health emergency preparedness

09 Aug 2023
In this Commentary, the authors reflect on the commonalities of Indigenous actions across multiple settings, recently synthesized at a COVID Observatories workshop at the Keystone Foundation in Kotagiri, India (March 19–21, 2023). The COVID-19 pandemic and the climate change emergency are among th... Read More
Case Study, Research

Communicating storm surge risks via risk communication websites: a novel approach

26 Jul 2023
Websites related to storm surge risks mostly follow an instructive approach, often combining flood risk maps with historical information on floods, and instructions on how to behave in case of an approaching emergency, such as a dike break. Sometimes, these websites are enriched with additional medi... Read More
Case Study, Research

A Concept for Creating Mobile Games for Enhanced Disaster Preparedness in Cooperation with Local Communities

26 Jul 2023
This paper shows how educational games for enhanced disaster preparedness can be created in cooperation / collaboration with local communities. The specific case presented discusses how students from the local university (here: La Plata National University in La Plata, Argentina) created such games ... Read More

Webinar | Translating Warnings into Actions: Improving Early Warning Systems to Protect Communities

12 Jul 2023
Event overview Early warning systems are essential in minimizing the impact of hazards on communities. However, issuing warnings alone is not sufficient for an effective system. The true measure of success lies in the quality of the overall response. To address this challenge, the Global Disaster Pr... Read More
Awareness material, Report

Nepalgunj Heat Action Plan 2023

05 Jul 2023
2023 Heat Action Plan developed by Nepal Red Cross Society for the city of Nepalgunj. The Heat Action Plan (HAP) provides a framework for implementing, coordinating and evaluating extreme heat action across different timescales in Nepalgunj to minimize the negative impacts of extreme heat on the hea... Read More

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