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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Early warning messages

  • Country

    Tajikistan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cold Wave

  • Sector

    Early Warning

  • Lead Time

    Not available

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Dissemination of early warning and awareness messages via radio, television and newspaper.

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan FbF project page here

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Early warning messages

  • Country

    Tajikistan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Heatwave

  • Sector

    Early Warning

  • Lead Time

    5 days

  • Purpose

    Save lives, Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Dissemination of early warning messages in affected areas via telephone and megaphone

  • Multi hazard considerations

    During COVID-19, educational materials were modified to include information on recognizing and mitigating risk of illness; Social distancing was enforced for volunteers and beneficiaries; Face masks and bottles of hand sanitizer were added to hygiene kits; Hand sanitizer was available at all distribution points; Distributions were done in shaded open air locations whenever possible; An increased quantity of hand sanitizer was distributed to beneficiaries;

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan FbF project page here

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Early warning messages

  • Country

    Mozambique

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent, WFP

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Early Warning

  • Lead Time

    3 days maximum

  • Purpose

    Stregthen and reinforce existing early warning systems

  • Detail of action

    Disseminate early warning messages via community radios, megaphones, and community meetings. Messages will be in the local language and tailored to the local context, but will include, among other information safe evacuation routes, location of temporary accommodation sites, important items to bring in case of evacuation, emergency contact numbers.

  • Multi hazard considerations

    During COVID-19, Mozambique added the following language to their EAP: "As a consequence of the COVID19 pandemic activities implemented in the context of this EAP (readiness, preparedness and activation) shall be carried out following international and national preventive measures for the limitation of the further spread of the virus. This includes respecting distancing rules, the use of personal protection equipment (PPE) and equipment for hygiene, frequent hand washing, maximum size of groups of people (max 20) and continuous dissemination and awareness raising on the COVID19 and its prevention."

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Mozambique Red Cross FbF project page here.

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Early warning messages

  • Country

    Mozambique

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cyclone / Typhoon

  • Sector

    Early Warning

  • Lead Time

    3 days

  • Purpose

    Stregthen and reinforce existing early warning systems

  • Detail of action

    Activate volunteers to reinforce early warnings and advise residents on activities. Disseminate early warning messages via community radios, megaphones, and community meetings. Messages will be in the local language and tailored to the local context, but will include, among other information safe evacuation routes, location of temporary accommodation sites, important items to bring in case of evacuation, emergency contact numbers.

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Mozambique Red Cross FbF project page here.

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Early warning messages

  • Country

    Kyrgyzstan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cold Wave

  • Sector

    Early Warning

  • Lead Time

    Not available

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Dissemination of early warning and awareness messages via radio, television and newspaper and the Ministry of Emergency Situations’ cellphone warning system to educate people on how to protect themselves from the cold.

  • Multi hazard considerations

    During COVID-19 the distribution of materials in public places was cancelled and more emphasis was placed on SMS distribution of early warning messages.

  • Additional resources

    Visit the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan FbF project page here.

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Early warning messages

  • Country

    Kyrgyzstan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Heatwave

  • Sector

    Early Warning

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Save lives, Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Dissemination of early warning messages and information campaigns via videos, master classes, and SMS. 

  • Multi hazard considerations

    During COVID-19 the distribution of materials in public places was cancelled and more emphasis was placed on SMS distribution of early warning messages.

  • Additional resources

    Visit the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan FbF project page here.

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Early warning messages

  • Country

    Ethiopia

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Early Warning

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Stregthen and reinforce existing early warning systems

  • Detail of action

    Activate volunteers to reinforce early warnings and advise residents on activities

  • Additional resources

    View Ethiopia's country profile here

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Early warning messages

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Save lives, Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Mobilize volunteers at key crossing areas to discourage river crossings

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Early warning messages

  • Country

    Bangladesh

  • Organization

    WFP

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Early Warning

  • Lead Time

    Not available

  • Purpose

    Stregthen and reinforce existing early warning systems

  • Detail of action

    Support national early warning system by ensuring that media messages and higher-level flood warnings make it to communities targeted by the project.

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Evacuation (livestock and/or assets)

  • Country

    Zambia

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce loss of income/livelihood/livestock

  • Detail of action

    Identification of safe havens or alternative pasture land for the animals and relocating kraals to elevated grounds. 

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here

    Visit the Zambia Red Cross FbF project page here

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Evacuation (livestock and/or assets)

  • Country

    Philippines

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    2 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce loss of income/livelihood/livestock, Save lives

  • Detail of action

    Assist people in evacuating livestock by constructing sage evacuation spaces for swine, goat, carabao, and cattle near human evacuation centers. These centers are built through cash for work programs. Animals are provided with food and water at the evacuation site for maximum 3 days, at which point the owner is responsible for providing food if evacuation continues. 

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Evacuation (livestock and/or assets)

  • Country

    Philippines

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cyclone / Typhoon

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    3 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce loss of income/livelihood/livestock

  • Detail of action

    Assist with livestock (primarily pigs and cattle) as well as assets. Assets were primarily fishing boats and nets owned by local fishermen

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Philippines Red Cross FbF project page here.

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Evacuation (livestock and/or assets)

  • Country

    Ethiopia

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce loss of income/livelihood/livestock

  • Detail of action

    Evacuation of domestic animals to a temporary shelter (schools, church, mosques) through community mobilization and by providing cash voucher assistance

  • Additional resources

    View Ethiopia's country profile here

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Evacuation (livestock and/or assets)

  • Country

    Bangladesh

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cyclone / Typhoon

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    30 hours

  • Purpose

    Reduce loss of income/livelihood/livestock, Save lives

  • Detail of action

    Using tractors BDRCS helps people to evacuate along with their assets and livestock. Providing help moving livestock and assets will encourage them to leave rather than stay behind. One of the main pre-conditions for utilizing tractors is the availability of usable roads to the cyclone shelters.

  • Multi hazard considerations

    During COVID-19, BDRCS delayed evacuation to last minute to minimize crowding, identified extra shelters to allow for physical distancing, and disinfected shelters prior to evacuees arrival. 

  • Additional resources

    View project page here.

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Evacuation (people)

  • Country

    Zambia

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Save lives

  • Detail of action

    Assess the status of identified access and evacuation routes and inform communities which routes are safe to use and those to avoid. Identify and assess the status of the safe areas/evacuation centers such as schools, community halls, and places of worship (church buildings, mosques, temples). Identify the potential water sources at the evacuation centers. Identify the potential sanitation facilities at the evacuation centers. Preposition personal protection equipment for staff and volunteers

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here

    Visit the Zambia Red Cross FbF project page here

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Evacuation (people)

  • Country

    Peru

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cold Wave

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    5 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Assist local leaders, and transportation owners in evacuating the acutely ill to health centers

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Peru Red Cross FbF project page here.

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Evacuation (people)

  • Country

    Niger

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    3 days

  • Purpose

    Save lives

  • Detail of action

    Identify evacuation sites and assist people with evacuation

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country profile here.

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Evacuation (people)

  • Country

    Mali

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    4 days

  • Purpose

    Save lives

  • Detail of action

    Help evacuate the most vulnerable households to public infrastructure or another suitable place. Temporary, emergency shelters can be built if necessary. 

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country profile here.

    Visit the Mali Red Cross project page here

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Evacuation (people)

  • Country

    Ethiopia

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Save lives

  • Detail of action

    Evacuation of most vulnerable people from the flood zones using road transport, walking through community, self-mobilization and/or by providing cash voucher assistance

  • Additional resources

    View Ethiopia's country profile here

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First aid

  • Country

    Bangladesh

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cyclone / Typhoon

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    30 hours

  • Purpose

    Save lives, Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    First aid is provided at evacuation shelters to encourage people to evacuate and ensure they are healthy at the shelters

  • Additional resources

    View project page here.

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