Preparedness and early warning

 Mayor Romualdez briefs evacuation procedures to Tacloban residents in the Philippines. Photo: Alfred Romualdez for UNDP Philippines

Understanding and communicating risk is essential to reducing the likelihood of disasters, as well as losses from disasters should they occur. Increasing the awareness and capacities of the governments and communities to anticipate and respond to natural hazards is a vital part of disaster risk reduction.  

UNDP has supported capacity development for disaster reduction and recovery at the national level for more than two decades. UNDP supports the countries and communities to develop and implement preparedness measures to respond to disasters, including early warning systems, contingency planning, information management systems, contingency and response planning, preparedness training and exercises, needs assessments preparation, and preparedness policies. Early warning systems (EWS) allow at-risk populations to take both preparatory and preventative measures before hazards strike. Lives and livelihoods are protected and the potential impact of disasters when they occur is reduced. In the last decade, UNDP has supported 32 countries to establish Early Warning Systems.

Since 2005, UNDP together with DHL has implemented a disaster preparedness programme to strengthen the capacities of national authorities and airports to facilitate the rapid delivery of post-disaster support services to affected communities. The Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) program is one of the efforts implemented under this partnership. The programme is designed to optimize the preparedness levels of airport facilities and key personnel to ensure that they have the surge capacities to manage additional flight loads carrying humanitarian supplies and services.  

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