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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Mosquito nets (insecticide-treated)

  • Country

    Mozambique

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    3 days maximum

  • Purpose

    Reduce vector borne diseases

  • Detail of action

    Distribute treated nets and provide information on how to use them effectively to reduce disease

  • 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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Mosquito nets (insecticide-treated)

  • Country

    Togo

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    Not available

  • Purpose

    Reduce vector borne diseases

  • Detail of action

    Distribution of moquito nets at evacuation sites

Title

Non-food items

  • Country

    Tajikistan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Heatwave

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    5 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Distribution of drinking water, water spray-bottles, cooling fans, sun hats, sun umbrellas, and water purification tablets

  • 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

Non-food items

  • Country

    Tajikistan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cold Wave

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    Not available

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Provision of non-food items, including hard coal and heaters for homes, window insulation, blankets and warm clothing to protect vulnerable populations from the cold.

  • Multi hazard considerations

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan FbF project page here

Title

Non-food items

  • Country

    Kyrgyzstan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cold Wave

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    Not available

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Distribution of non-food items, including heaters for homes, window insulation, blankets and warm clothing to protect vulnerable populations from the cold.

  • 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.

  • Additional resources

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

Title

Non-food items

  • Country

    Togo

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Health, Camp Coordination & Management

  • Lead Time

    Not available

  • Purpose

    Save lives, Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Distribution of NFI at evacuation sites to encourage people to evacuate, including soap, buckets, mosquito repellent and mosquito nets, and tarpaulins so that people can build temporary shelter.

Title

Reinforce housing, schools, or other infrastructure

  • Country

    Zambia

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Shelter/Infrastructure

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce damage to houses and infrastructure

  • Detail of action

    Assist communities in reinforcing house walls against flood waters; Mobilize communities to divert flood waters using sandbags; Clearing/digging drainage around crop land and homes

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here

    Visit the Zambia Red Cross FbF project page here

Title

Reinforce housing, schools, or other infrastructure

  • Country

    Uganda

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Shelter/Infrastructure

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce damage to houses and infrastructure

  • Detail of action

    Distribution of a customized shelter kit

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Uganda Red Cross FbF project page here

Title

Reinforce housing, schools, or other infrastructure

  • Country

    Philippines

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cyclone / Typhoon

  • Sector

    Shelter/Infrastructure

  • Lead Time

    3 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce damage to houses and infrastructure

  • Detail of action

    Materials were designed to reinforce the roof and the walls. The reinforcements are performed by work groups participating in the cash for work scheme to allow those not eligible for certain materials (because of housing type) to benefit from the action. 

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Philippines Red Cross FbF project page here.

Title

Reinforce housing, schools, or other infrastructure

  • Country

    Niger

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Shelter/Infrastructure

  • Lead Time

    3 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce damage to houses and infrastructure

  • Detail of action

    Filling sandbags to build dykes and protect critical infrastructure

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country profile here.

Title

Reinforce housing, schools, or other infrastructure

  • Country

    Mozambique

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cyclone / Typhoon

  • Sector

    Shelter/Infrastructure

  • Lead Time

    3 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce damage to houses and infrastructure

  • Detail of action

    Shelter kits are distributed at the community level to help those with vulnerable houses reinforce the roof with tarps, ropes, and plastic sheets. Tools to assist with the reinforcements are provided at the community level. 

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Mozambique Red Cross FbF project page here.

Title

Reinforce housing, schools, or other infrastructure

  • Country

    Mali

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Shelter/Infrastructure

  • Lead Time

    4 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce damage to houses and infrastructure

  • Detail of action

    First identify public buildings (mosques, schools, health centers, etc.) in the flood zone, and reinforce those. If no public infrastructure exists in the floodplain, reinforce houses. 

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country profile here.

    Visit the Mali Red Cross project page here

Title

Reinforce housing, schools, or other infrastructure

  • Country

    Ethiopia

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Shelter/Infrastructure

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce damage to houses and infrastructure

  • Detail of action

    Clearing/digging drainage (from crop land and around homes)

  • Additional resources

    View Ethiopia's country profile here

Title

Reinforce housing, schools, or other infrastructure

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Health, WASH, Shelter/Infrastructure

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts, Reduce waterborne diseases

  • Detail of action

    Reinforce/flood-proof water points/wells/latrines

Title

Relocate vulnerable businesses

  • Country

    Philippines

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    2 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce loss of income/livelihood/livestock

  • Detail of action

    A temporary marketplace is identified to allow vendors selling basic necessities and prime comodiites a place to continue to sell their goods. Transport is available to help move the goods and workers will be hired through the cash for work program to assist in setting up tables and tents for the temporary marketplace. 

  • Multi hazard considerations

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Philippines Red Cross FbF project page here.

Title

Seed or other agricultural inputs

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Drought

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Reduce agricultural impacts

Title

Shelter Kits

  • Country

    Peru

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cold Wave

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    5 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Distribution of kits to help weather-proof houses.

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Peru Red Cross FbF project page here.

Title

Shelter kits

  • Country

    Peru

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cold Wave

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    5 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce damage to houses and infrastructure

  • Detail of action

    Distribution of kits to help weather-proof houses.

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here.

    Visit the Peru Red Cross FbF project page here.

Title

Shelter kits

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Sector

    Shelter/Infrastructure

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Improve conditions at evacuation sites

  • Detail of action

    Distribute pre-positioned emergency shelter kits for evacuation (including shelter kits, shelter tool kits, tarpaulins etc.).

Title

Support and reinforce health services

  • Country

    Tajikistan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Heatwave

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    5 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Assistance in referring severe heat-related illnesses to the nearest hospitals

  • 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

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Global advisor Early Action and Research

German Red Cross

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