What is the challenge?

It must be recognized that despite the best mitigation efforts, hazards and shocks cannot be entirely prevented and will still strike. People need to be prepared to cope with stress or destructive forces, to manage and maintain basic functions and services during disastrous events and have the capacity to recover and ‘bounce back’ after an event. The need for adequate preparedness systems, and the importance of applying a multi-hazard approach, will continue to grow as global threats such as population growth, urbanization, food insecurity, climate change and competition over access to scarce resources become increasingly important drivers of humanitarian need. Preparedness interventions are less costly than emergency relief and response: for every USD 1 spent on disaster preparedness, about USD 7 are saved on possible disaster relief expenses. Indeed, more effective prevention strategies would not only save tens of billions of dollars, but tens of thousands of lives.

Our commitment

ACTED supports people’s capacity to become more resilient to natural hazards by strengthening disaster preparedness for effective response at all levels of society.

What we do

  • Strengthening Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) and integrating CBDRM into governments’ development planning processes;
  • Capacity building of authorities in preparing and replicating preparedness and contingency plans, search and rescue, incl. provision of required assets;
  • Support to coordination and data sharing systems, incl. developing and promoting Early Warning Systems (EWS);
  • Provision and pre-positioning of contingency stocks;
  • Strengthening the national and regional-level disaster risk management policy framework.
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