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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First aid

  • Country

    Bangladesh

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    10 days and 5 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    BDRCS provides first aid support to local people during the cash disbursementand while providing evacuation support in all three districts. This is because while moving with assets people may suffer from minor injury. Also, while waiting in the distribution booth many of the beneficiaries feel sick and needed first aid assistance to recover.

  • Additional resources

    View project page here

    Read study here.

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Food

  • Country

    Tajikistan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cold Wave

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods, Health

  • Lead Time

    Not available

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Distribution of essential food commodities to ensure people have sufficient supplies for a minimum of 7 days or longer primarily depending on forecast. 

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan FbF project page here

Title

Food

  • Country

    Kyrgyzstan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cold Wave

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    Not available

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Distribution of essential food commodities to ensure people have sufficient supplies during the cold wave period (approximately one week). 

  • Additional resources

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

Title

Food

  • Country

    Kyrgyzstan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Heatwave

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Dissemination of food parcels to vulnerable families to enable people to shelter at home during the heat.

  • Multi hazard considerations

    During COVID-19 volunteers were required to wear masks, gloves and where possible, face shields; Physical distancing was enforced for volunteers and beneficiaries; Face masks and bottles of hand sanitizer to be added to hygiene kits; Hand sanitizer was available at all distribution points; Distributions were conducted in shaded open air locations whenever possible and water bottles were provided to prevent people from overheating; Increased quantity of hand sanitizer was distributed to beneficiaries

  • Additional resources

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

Title

Food

  • Country

    Bangladesh

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cyclone / Typhoon

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods, Health

  • Lead Time

    30 hours

  • Purpose

    Food security/nutrition

  • Detail of action

    Food is distributed at evacuation shelters to encourage people to evacuate and ensure they are healthy at the shelters

  • Additional resources

    View project page here.

Title

Food

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods, Health, Nutrition

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts, Meet basic needs

  • Detail of action

    Distribute food/water assistance at evacuation centres or hard to reach areas.

Title

Health and/or first aid sensitization

  • Country

    Zambia

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Health, WASH

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce waterborne diseases

  • Detail of action

    Sensitize communities on water, sanitation and proper hygiene practices

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here

    Visit the Zambia Red Cross FbF project page here

Title

Health and/or first aid sensitization

  • Country

    Vietnam

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Heatwave

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    6 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Education on how to prevent and treat heat-related health impacts in the form of IEC materials and through a facebook page to share information about the forecast and the location of the cooling centres.

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here

    Visit the Viet Nam Red Cross FbF project page here

Title

Health and/or first aid sensitization

  • Country

    Tajikistan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Heatwave

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    5 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Distribution of flyers, posters, other awareness materials to educate people on how to prevent heat-related illnesses

  • Multi hazard considerations

    During COVID-19, contingency protocols outlined in EAP must be followed, including safe transportation, social distancing, providing and wearing PPE, holding events/distributions outdoors, providing hand washing facilities or sanitizer, monitoring health of FbF personnel. 

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan FbF project page here

Title

Health and/or first aid sensitization

  • Country

    Peru

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Health, WASH

  • Lead Time

    45 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce waterborne diseases

  • Detail of action

    Using the 45 day trigger, volunteers deliver PHAST and CBHFA training

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Peru Red Cross FbF project page here.

Title

Health and/or first aid sensitization

  • Country

    Peru

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cold Wave

  • Sector

    Health, WASH

  • Lead Time

    5 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Information specific to acute respiratory infections and pneumonia related to the cold is dissemintated via the radio and community meetings.

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Peru Red Cross FbF project page here.

Title

Health and/or first aid sensitization

  • Country

    Mozambique

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Health, WASH

  • Lead Time

    3 days maximum

  • Purpose

    Reduce waterborne diseases

  • Detail of action

    While water purificaiton materials are being distributed, combine with rapid instruction and distribution of leaflets on how to purify water

  • 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.

Title

Health and/or first aid sensitization

  • Country

    Mozambique

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cyclone / Typhoon

  • Sector

    Health, WASH

  • Lead Time

    3 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce waterborne diseases

  • Detail of action

    While water purificaiton materials are being distributed, combine with rapid instruction and distribution of leaflets on how to purify water

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Mozambique Red Cross FbF project page here.

Title

Health and/or first aid sensitization

  • Country

    Kyrgyzstan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Heatwave

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Conducting heatwaves information campaigns including first aid training, distribution of information materials and installation of educational boards to educate people on how to prevent heat-related illnesses.

  • Multi hazard considerations

    During COVID-19, first aid training was cancelled because it cannot be done while maintaining distance. 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.

Title

Health and/or first aid sensitization

  • Country

    Ecuador

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    El Niño

  • Sector

    Health, WASH

  • Lead Time

    3 months

  • Purpose

    Reduce vector borne diseases, Reduce waterborne diseases

  • Detail of action

    Based on the seasonal forecast, volunteers sensitize communities and provide training on waste management, cleaning drains, waste water management, hygiene and vector control. 

  • Additional resources

    Visit the Ecuador Red Cross project page here.

    Read factsheet Ecuador here.

Title

Health and/or first aid sensitization

  • Country

    Ecuador

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Volcanic ash

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    Not available

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    At the first signs that a volcano may errupt (first level of alert) Ecuador Red Cross begins disseminating information on how people can protect themselves from the ash.

  • Additional resources

    Visit the Ecuador Red Cross project page here.

    Read factsheet Ecuador here.

    Read 2019 activation report here.

Title

Health and/or first aid sensitization

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Drought

  • Sector

    Health, WASH

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

Title

Health and/or first aid sensitization

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Health, WASH

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Produce and/or distribute IEC material on prevention of waterborne diseases/communicable diseases/use of water purification material etc. ahead of the floods.

Title

Health and/or first aid sensitization

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    GBV AoR

  • Hazard

    Cross-cutting

  • Sector

    Health, Protection

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts, Reduce gender-based violence

  • Detail of action

    Distribution of information and communication materials (prior to an extreme event) on how to access GBV services so that women/children know how to keep themselves safe before, during, and after.

Title

Health and/or first aid sensitization

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    GBV AoR

  • Hazard

    Cross-cutting

  • Sector

    Protection

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts, Reduce gender-based violence

  • Detail of action

    Establishment or expansion of GBV hotlines/ helplines or available telephone counselling services prior to an event to help women get information they need to keep themselves safe before and during an event. 

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Global advisor Early Action and Research

German Red Cross

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