Strengthening FbF Readiness and Disaster Preparedness in Guatemala

The Guatemalan Red Cross Society has been developing protocols since 2019 for volcanic ash, tropical storms, and droughts. To promote institutional preparedness for the development of early actions in the country, the FbF Readiness project was officially launched in November of 2020.

Project objective

The project seeks to provide extensive support to the National Society in further developing the Preparedness and Response system (procedures, structures, coordination and capacities) in order to ensure that – once a trigger does occur – the NS can implement the early actions in the short window between a forecast and the event.

Key facts

Start/end date     

May 2020 – May 2022

Hazards covered    

Volcanic Ash | Tropical storms | Droughts

Regions covered    

Tropical storms: coastal region

Droughts: dry Corridor

Early action sectors     

Shelter | Health | Livelihoods – livestock and agriculture | WaSH | Disaster Relief Response | Capacity Strengthening

Anticipatory Action Protocols/Plans in place    

Under development

Population reached during activation

Up to 3,500 families

Key actors/implementing partners   

The Guatemalan Red Cross Society, with support from the German Red Cross and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre works with the INSIVUMEH (meteorological institute), and other institutions from the Executive Ministry of the National Coordinator of Disaster Reduction (CONRED).

Anticipation in practice: Project description

In Guatemala, volcanic ashfall, tropical storms, and droughts combined with a highly vulnerable population results in significant impact in the country. In order to prevent the harms these events cause, the Guatemalan Red Cross is seeking more coordinated efforts and anticipation. The protocols that will be developed will assist to 3,500 families each. Some of the early actions that could be developed include the following:

  • Community awareness trainings
  • Distribution of health, WaSH and livelihood kits according to the impact
  • Cash transfers to help families cover their basic needs in the face of evacuation or flood-related losses.

Outcomes and lessons learnt

As support for FbF has just begun, outcomes and lessons are still to be determined.

We believe in the strong potential that FbF Readiness has not only as a project, but as an institutional strengthening program for the Guatemalan Red Cross.

Teresa Marroquín Director of the Disaster Risk Management Unit at the Guatemaltecan Red Cross

Facts and figures

High impact events in the last 25 years in Guatemala

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5 Number of tropical storms caused high impact
2 Number of volcanic ashfall caused high impact
249000 Number of families affected by drought since 2014


FbA Country Team Zimbabwe

Regina Feindt

Country Director Welthungerhilfe Country Office Zimbabwe

Farai Mutibvu

Head of Programmes Welthungerhilfe Country Office Zimbabwe

Tapiwa Muzerengi

Project Coordinator FbA Programme - Welthungerhilfe Country Office Zimbabwe

Global FbA Programme Overview

Dominik Semet

Programme Coordinator for Forecast-based Action Programme



Teresa Marroquín

Director of the Disaster Risk Management Unit at the Guatemaltecan Red Cross


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Humanitarian actions after Volcanic Ashfall of “Volcán de Fuego”

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