Red Cross/ Red Crescent Climate Centre

World Disasters Report 2009

01/07/2009 - by IFRC

Chapter 3: Early warning, early action - bridging timescales

Chapter 3 shows how information on all timescales can inform early action and highlights challenges in putting longer-term early warnings to use.

Faced with rising risks associated with climate change, early action is more important than ever, but it works best when it spans a range of timescales – anticipating disaster by days, months, even decades. In the very long term, this “disaster risk reduction” could include adjusting development plans and enforcing building codes, but also working with local communities to assess the risks they face – particularly when these are increasing.

Many scientific agencies have a mandate to contribute to development plans and are eager to do so. But early-warning products can be too technical and include large uncertainties, and they do not naturally lead humanitarian actors to a decision. Donors cannot afford to only fund disaster response: both development assistance and humanitarian action can be made more effective by increased early action. Read full chapter.

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