Strengthening FbF Readiness and Disaster Preparedness in Honduras

Since 2019 the Honduran Red Cross Society has been developing protocols for tropical storms and droughts, and it will begin a protocol for crisis-induced internal displacement in the future. To promote institutional preparedness for the development of early actions in the country, the FbF Readiness project was officially launched on October 2020. The regional FbF program (GRC, RCCC, IFRC) also provides support for developing the anticipatory action in Honduras.


Project objective

The project seeks to provide extensive support to the Honduran Red Cross 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 early actions in the short window between a forecast and the event. The project also supports building alliances for action, developing EAPs, and linking local lessons learned to global learning and exchange.

Key facts

Start/end date     

May 2020 – December 2022

Hazards covered    

Drought | Population movement | Tropical storms

Regions covered    

Tropical storms: national

Droughts: dry corridor

Crisis-induced displacement: national

Early action sectors     

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

Anticipatory action protocols/plans in place    

EAP for Drought

EAP for Population Movement


EAP for Drought in June 2023

Population reached during activation

Up to 3,500 families

Key actors/implementing partners   

The Honduran Red Cross Society, with support from the German Red Cross and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre works closely with COPECO (National Permanent Contingency Comission) and its meteorological institute- CENAOS (National Center of Atmospheric, Oceanographic and Sysmic Studies), and other strategic institutions from the National Risk Management and Emergencies System (SINAGER).

Anticipation in practice: Project description

Tropical storms, droughts, and internal displacement associated with violence, socio-political instability, and disasters cause significant impact in Honduras. Tropical storms lead to flooding and landslides, damaging infrastructure and causing people to lose their homes, livelihoods (including crops and livestock), and lives. Droughts are a silent hazard that gradually destroys affected regions, causing health issues as well as the loss of crops and livestock. Internal displacement disrupts people’s lives and livelihoods, leaving them particularly vulnerable. The protocols being developed will provide aid to up to 3,500 families each. Early actions that are being considered include the following:

  • Community awareness and training
  • 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.

The National society also receives support for FbF from the Regional FbF program for the Americas and the Caribbean.


Outcomes and lessons learnt

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

Before is better, less exposition, less risk, better safety for the staff and resources; that´s what anticipation looks like for me.

Carlos Colindres Manager of the Disaster Risk Management Unit

Facts and figures

Key figures at a glance

View regions affected by drought
2700000 Number of persons affected by Hurricane Eta 2020
53000 Number of families suffer from drought
2 Number of protocols in progress


Carlos Colindres

Manager of the Disaster Risk Management Unit at the Honduran Red Cross


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