Early Warning Systems

Child Centered Early Warning Systems: Examples and Good Practice

In the face of increasing extreme weather events and other hazards, Early Warning Systems can provide vulnerable populations with information that may enable them, and their duty bearers, to prevent predictable crisis impacts. To be effective, early warning systems must be designed for and together with the populations that use them. Not only should children’s […]

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DARAJA: The Inclusive City-Community Forecasting and Early Warning Service

The Developing Risk Awareness through Joint Action (DARAJA) project is a collaborative initiative aimed at enhancing weather and climate information services (WCIS) for urban communities, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations residing in informal settlements. ‘Daraja’, meaning ‘bridge’ in Swahili, brings together the residents of informal settlements, national meteorological forecasters, city authorities and other

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Inclusive early warning early action: checklist and implementation guide

The checklist and implementation guide for inclusive early warning and early action was developed as part of the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems (CREWS) Pacific initiative and seeks to contribute to the implementation of the Executive Action Plan 2023–2027 for the Early Warnings for All (EW4All) initiative by ensuring that early warning systems are

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

Warming oceans and the El Nino phenomenon have caused some storms to gain strength far more rapidly than predicted. When communities are caught off-guard, the results can be devastating. More investment in forecasting, early warning, preparation — and an assist from artificial intelligence — are parts of the solution. An interview with Juan Bazo, climate

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

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 inclusive approach; be sustainably governed with clear roles, accountability, and coordination

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Advancing disaster risk communications

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-up community health and education practices. However, the strategic intent of communications – whether that be

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

This story was prepared and originally published by National Geographic. Japan has earned a reputation as one of the most disaster-ready nations in the world due to its seismic codes and culture of preparedness, much of which was built on knowledge from previous disasters. Three days after a major earthquake shook the West Coast of

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