ALERT HUB INITIATIVE

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.

HEAT TOOLKIT

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

Contribute your knowledge to build more resilient communities

The Weather of Hell: Experience of Italian Red Cross During 2023 Heat waves

25 Jan 2024

2023 was officially named the hottest year on record, marked by scorching heatwaves across the globe. As the frequency and intensity of heatwaves are projected to rise, it is crucial to prepare and reduce risks to save lives. The Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC) asked National Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Societies to reflect on their response to 2023 heatwaves and share lessons learned to better prepare for future extreme heat events. This case study explores the preparedness and response […]

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Navigating the “dog days:” Experience of the Mexican Red Cross during 2023 heatwaves

Avatar photo Adriana Mangones 23 Feb 2024
2023 was officially named the hottest year on record, marked by scorching heat waves across the globe. With heat waves projected to increase in both f...

Use of AI in health emergencies: Insights from a simulated telephone survey

Avatar photo Philippe Borremans 07 Feb 2024
In public health emergencies, timely and accurate information is crucial for effective response strategies. My experiment looks at how artificial inte...

Climate crises Q&A: Why have some recent storms gained so much strength, so quickly?

Global Disaster Preparedness Center 05 Feb 2024
Warming oceans and the El Nino phenomenon have caused some storms to gain strength far more rapidly than predicted. When communities are caught off-gu...

Japan spent decades making itself earthquake resilient. Here’s how

Global Disaster Preparedness Center 05 Jan 2024
This story was prepared and originally published by National Geographic. Japan has earned a reputation as one of the most disaster-ready nations in th...

Addressing Disaster Risk Governance through the Lens of Legal Preparedness

Rachel Macleod 28 Nov 2023
Authors: Rachel Macleod, IFRC Senior Disaster Law Officer, and Tommaso Natoli, Disaster Law Focal Point for EU at the Italian Red Cross and IFRC In th...

Disaster early-warning systems can succeed – but collective action is needed

Global Disaster Preparedness Center 22 Nov 2023
By Andrew C. Tupper & Carina J. Fearnley Early warnings have long been known to be vital for saving lives and economic pain when disaster threaten...

New IFRC & Save the Children Online Course Teaches How to Localize Early Action Messages

Avatar photo Karin Metz 15 Nov 2023
The new self-paced online course Public Awareness Public Education (PAPE) & the WhatNow Service: Localizing action-oriented messages is now availa...

Hope amid the heat: Volunteers like Fatema Khatun help neighbors through sweltering heatwaves in Bangladesh

Global Disaster Preparedness Center 20 Oct 2023
This story was originally published on the IFRC website, along with a video story. As the sun blazes mercilessly over Bajakajla Slum in Rajshahi City,...

Building a Resilient Future: 20+ Tools and Resources for Disaster Risk Reduction

Avatar photo Vladislav Kovalevski 13 Oct 2023
It’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, so let’s discuss how we can make our communities safer and more resilient. Held every ...

Innovating for Inclusion: RCRC National Societies’ Solutions to Improve Early Warnings

Avatar photo Vladislav Kovalevski 09 Oct 2023
Early warning is a crucial element of disaster preparedness that saves lives and mitigate disaster impact. But some community members and entire commu...

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Extreme Heat

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

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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

Featured Resources

Assessment or evaluation, Case Study

Humanitarian Service Points in Action: A global review

27 Feb 2024
Along some of the world’s toughest migration routes, Humanitarian Service Points provide a safe space for migrants and displaced people, giving them access to vital services that might otherwise be unreachable. This report provides numerous concrete examples of Humanitarian Service Points in o... Read More
Report

Trilateral best practices report- Tools and technologies for earthquake risk management: Sharing experience from Northeast Asia

08 Feb 2024
This report brings together best practices in earthquake risk reduction from China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, as well as Mongolia, which were shared in a regional online workshop organized in August 2023 by the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat (TCS) and the United Nations Office for Disaste... Read More
Guidance material

Technical guidance on application of climate information for comprehensive risk management

01 Feb 2024
These guidelines and tools provide the necessary know-how to develop and strengthen a policy basis for DRR and risk-informed development. The present guidance provides pathways for climate information that is scientifically sound and publicly available. Ultimately, by accessing the best available up... Read More
Report

The role of early warning early action in minimizing loss and damage

29 Jan 2024
This paper for loss and damage policy makers and negotiators outlines how early warning early action (EWEA) can contribute to improving communities’ resilience in the face of rising risks. EWEA must be holistically and effectively designed and implemented; take a locally led, people-centered, and ... Read More
Research, Review

Advancing disaster risk communications

22 Jan 2024
This publication posits that effective communication of disaster threats to decision makers and at-risk communities is a growing challenge in a people-centred approach to disaster risk reduction. Traditional communication approaches tend to involve either top-down risk management practices or bottom... Read More
Awareness material, Video

Preparedness Voices: Caroline Holt, IFRC Director Disaster, Climate and Crises Department

02 Jan 2024
Interview featuring Caroline Holt, IFRC Director of Climate, Disaster and Crisis, as she discusses what constitutes a well-prepared Red Cross Red Crescent National Society and how we can advocate for more investments in preparedness. Watch the video below to hear her insights on these vital capa... Read More
Report

Global status of multi-hazard early warning systems 2023

21 Dec 2023
More lives are being protected from extreme weather and dangerous climate change impacts but there is a long way to go. Half of countries globally still do not have adequate multi-hazard early warning systems. A new report from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the Wo... Read More
Report

Young, lawless and promising – stories about finding the way out of youth crime

15 Dec 2023
The purpose of the report “Young, lawless and promising” is to strengthen knowledge about how we as a society can better prevent in general and prevent relapse into crime for youth who have been involved in youth crime. The Red Cross has conducted in-depth interviews with 13 people aged ... Read More

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