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Addressing Disaster Risk Governance through the Lens of Legal Preparedness

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 the context of climate change, a commonly accepted narrative is that increasingly frequent and severe disasters are unavoidable and beyond our control. However, this narrative is deeply flawed. It insinuates, incorrectly, that communities and societies are largely powerless in the face of unpredictable and inevitable forces beyond their control. To the contrary, disaster risk and …

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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...

Never stop learning: ten years of the Flood Resilience Alliance in Mexico

Avatar photo Cale Johnstone 29 Sep 2023
At the heart of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance’s work is the knowledge that there are always opportunities to adapt and improve. In the se...

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

Julia Mulcahy 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 Met...

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...

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