Early action database

Identifying appropriate early actions for a particular hazard and context is essential to successful anticipatory action. In the interest of facilitating exchange between organizations, regions, and actors, this early action database allows practitioners to see what anticipatory actions are being implemented or considered around the world.

Using the dropdown menus and search options below, you can pull up early actions according to country, organization, hazard, sector or intended purpose. The resulting list will provide you with basic information about the actions including lead times and links to additional resources, where available. This information can serve as the foundation for further research and discussion as to how to adapt these actions to new contexts.

Please note that, at the moment, the early action database only contains early actions from Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies, but the Anticipation Hub is working with other actors in anticipatory humanitarian action to catalog their programs and actions and include them in the database as soon as possible.

Growing this database and keeping it up to date is a community effort. If you or your organization identify an early action not in the database, please download and fill out the following form and send it to Arielle Tozier de la Poterie so that we can add them.

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Animal care kits

  • Country

    Peru

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cold Wave

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    5 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce loss of income/livelihood/livestock

  • Detail of action

    Kits contain medicines to treat alpacas that get sick from the cold: antibiotics, vitamins, and syringes 

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Peru Red Cross FbF project page here.

Title

Animal care kits

  • Country

    Peru

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cold Wave

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    5 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce loss of income/livelihood/livestock

  • Detail of action

    Kits contain materials to build a temporary awning to protect alpacas from snow and hail: 2 tarps, hammer, nails, rope, saw gloves etc. 

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Peru Red Cross FbF project page here.

Title

Animal care kits

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Drought

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Reduce loss of income/livelihood/livestock

Title

Animal care kits

  • Country

    Mongolia

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Dzud

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    3 months

  • Purpose

    Reduce loss of income/livelihood/livestock

  • Detail of action

    Kits contain vitamin supplement, minerals, fish oil, hoof oil, eye ointment to prevent herders from losing their livestock.  

Title

Animal feed

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Drought

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Reduce loss of income/livelihood/livestock

Title

Asset storage (waterproof)

  • Country

    Togo

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Early Warning

  • Lead Time

    Not available

  • Purpose

    Prevent loss of key documents

  • Detail of action

    Distribution of bags to help displaced people protect their important documents. 

Title

Borehole creation or rehabilitation

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Drought

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Reduce agricultural impacts

Title

Capacity building (community committees)

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Drought

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Reduce agricultural impacts

Title

Cash (conditional)

  • Country

    Vietnam

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Heatwave

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    6 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Lack of financial resources was identified as a key barrier to owning or using cooling devices in informal settlements. Cash distribution aims to reduce the economic burden of utility bills and healthcare costs for these poor households. 

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here

    Visit the Viet Nam Red Cross FbF project page here

Title

Cash (conditional)

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Drought

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Meet basic needs

Title

Cash (unconditional)

  • Country

    Uganda

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Meet basic needs

  • Detail of action

    Distribution of cash & voucher assistance to facilitate evacuation and help affected families meet their basic needs 

  • Multi hazard considerations

    Switched cash distributions to electronic or mobile money. 

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Uganda Red Cross FbF project page here

Title

Cash (unconditional)

  • Country

    Peru

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    10-15 days

  • Purpose

    Meet basic needs

  • Detail of action

    Using 10-15 day forecast, provide 400 families who do not receive water filters with VISA cards.

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Peru Red Cross FbF project page here.

Title

Cash (unconditional)

  • Country

    Peru

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Intense rainfall, El Niño

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Meet basic needs

  • Detail of action

    Most vulnerable (based upon selection criteria) receive cash grants of USD150 delivered through National Bank upon presentation of an ID card. Preparations start based on the 30 day forecast. 

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Peru Red Cross FbF project page here.

Title

Cash (unconditional)

  • Country

    Ecuador

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    El Niño

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Meet basic needs

  • Detail of action

    Based on the 7-day forecast cash grants of USD200 are delivered through IFRC VISA debit cards. Preparations for the distribution begin earlier. 

  • Additional resources

    Visit the Ecuador Red Cross project page here.

    Read factsheet Ecuador here.

Title

Cash (unconditional)

  • Country

    Ecuador

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Volcanic ash

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    Not fixed

  • Purpose

    Meet basic needs

  • Detail of action

    Cash is delivered by debit card if >10mm ash is projected to fall in an area. Cash is meant to allow households to meet their basic needs (food, animal transport etc).

  • Additional resources

    Visit the Ecuador Red Cross project page here.

    Read factsheet Ecuador here.

    Read 2019 activation report here.

Title

Cash (unconditional)

  • Country

    Bangladesh

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods, Early Warning

  • Lead Time

    10 days and 5 days

  • Purpose

    Save lives, Meet basic needs

  • Detail of action

    Distribution of unconditional cash grants of 4500 BDT (approximately USD 53). These grants are meant to help people evacuate or otherwise prepare for the floods, thereby reducing their losses. 

  • Multi hazard considerations

    During COVID-19, BDRCS disinfected cash points, provided beneficiaries with PPE and sanitization facilities, and doubled number of cash points to prevent crowding.

  • Additional resources

    View project page here.

    See post-activation report here

Title

Cash (unconditional)

  • Country

    Madagascar

  • Organization

    Welthungerhilfe

  • Hazard

    Drought

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    3-6 months

  • Purpose

    Food security/nutrition

  • Detail of action

    Unconditional cash grant is distributed to the vulnerable households to help them meet their specific needs before the peak of the lean season. As soon as the drought model is triggered, a range of early actions are activated depending on the timing of the trigger and the threshold reached. Actions include early cash, in-kind assistance, and awareness raising activities. The first trigger is met at a rather low threshold resulting in cash distributions targeting only the most vulnerable to reduce the risks to the food security and prevent negative coping strategies (i.e. insufficient calorie intake through reduction of meals, intake of less preferred food, labor migration, increased school drop-out rate, overfishing, non-sustainable firewood production) and minimize the loss and damage to drought-affected households.

     

  • Multi hazard considerations

    During Covid-19 mobile cash transfers are preferred and safe distribution (social distancing, sanitacion and PPE) of mobile phones to enable access.

  • Additional resources

    View project page here. 

Title

Cash (unconditional)

  • Country

    Mongolia

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Dzud

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    3 months

  • Purpose

    Meet basic needs

  • Detail of action

    Unconditional cash grant is distributed to the herder households to help them meet their specific needs during the dzud. Herder households with limited resources and manpower struggle to prepare hay and even when they have prepared hay bales it is impossible to prepare enough to feed their livestock until the grass starts growing. With unconditional cash assistance, the herder households are available to meet their variety of needs such as hay, fodder, warm clothes, and medicine.

Title

Cash (unconditional)

  • Country

    Bangladesh

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Heatwave

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Possibility of paying rickshaw drivers or other larborers to rest during peak hours rather than having to work through the heat. This would help them to compensate for lost income. 

  • Additional resources

    View project page here.

Title

Cash (unconditional)

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Drought

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Reduce agricultural impacts

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German Red Cross

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