The IFRC Alert Hub Initiative aims to protect lives and livelihoods by increasing the use of the Common Alerting Protocol and expand the reach of reliable, fast, and actionable early warning messages to people at risk.
Through the Alert Hub Initiative, the IFRC works with Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies to promote, expand and support the use of the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) among official alerting authorities and amplify alerts in countries worldwide.
The IFRC, in partnership with USAID and the Global Disaster Preparedness Center, is leading the implementation of the Alert Hub Initiative through a series of training, knowledge products, and engagement and advocacy at three main levels.
What is the IFRC Alert Hub?
As part of the Alert Hub Initiative, the IFRC is developing a free online platform that aggregates all published CAP alerts from official alerting authorities worldwide, the "IFRC Alert Hub". The Alert Hub will facilitate free access to emergency alerts across all types of hazards, and at each nation’s choice, to alerts issued at sub-national levels. This platform will be unique in its focus on multi-hazard emergency alerts (from national to local levels) which are free to use and centralized in one place, bringing us one step closer to ensuring that emergency alerts reach everyone at risk.
The Hub aggregates all published early warning alerts from official alerting authorities worldwide issued in the CAP standard format.
It's a free online source for multi-hazard early warning alerts from national to local levels centralized in one place.
It integrates the ‘WhatNow’ service to link early warning alerts with actionable guidance on how to prepare and respond to local hazards.
Common Alerting Protocol
The Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) is a standard format developed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to issue multi-hazard early warning alerts that communicate key information such as: What is it? Where is it? How soon is it? How bad is it? What should people do?