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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Latrines

  • Country

    Zambia

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Early Actions

    Latrines

  • Sector

    Health, WASH

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce waterborne diseases

  • Detail of action

    Reinforce/construct temporary latrines using local materials

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here

    Visit the Zambia Red Cross FbF project page here

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Life jackets

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Early Actions

    Life jackets

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Save lives, Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Provide life jackets to people who are evacuating by boat.

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Livelihood-protection kits

  • Country

    Ecuador

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Volcanic ash

  • Early Actions

    Livelihood-protection kits

  • Sector

    Food Security & Livelihoods

  • Lead Time

    Not available

  • Purpose

    Reduce loss of income/livelihood/livestock

  • Detail of action

    Kits contain materials to allow families to build shelter for animals, harvested crops, and animal forage: one plastic tarp, tools, and information on how to build the shelter (provided if > 5mm of ash is projected). 

  • Additional resources

    Visit the Ecuador Red Cross project page here.

    Read factsheet Ecuador here.

    Read 2019 activation report here.

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Mobile Health Units

  • Country

    Kenya

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Early Actions

    Mobile health units

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Deployment of KRCS surge teams for 7 days to support with disease outbreak management (Public Health Officers, Clinical Officer, Laboratory Technologist, Nurse). 

    Target to reach a total 210, 240 people to minimize the risk of outbreak of diseases. This intervention will be inclusive, targeting special groups including children below one year, children below five years, women of reproductive age, pregnant and lactating women, the elderly (>65 years) and people living with disability

Title

Mobile health units

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Drought

  • Early Actions

    Mobile health units

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

Title

Mobile health units

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Early Actions

    Mobile health units

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Organizations can create health units that will be able to travel and assist the population before and after the event.

Title

Mobile health units

  • Country

    Global guidance

  • Organization

    GBV AoR

  • Hazard

    Cross-cutting

  • Early Actions

    Mobile health units

  • Sector

    Health, Protection

  • Lead Time

    TBD

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts, Reduce gender-based violence

  • Detail of action

    Deployment of roving GBV counselling teams prior to the event to ensure women have access to necessary health services and support before and during an event. 

Title

Mobile health units

  • Country

    Togo

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Early Actions

    Mobile health units

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    Not available

  • Purpose

    Reduce health impacts

  • Detail of action

    Create mobile units that can treat people and render first aid at shelters or other areas they are displaced. 

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Mosquito nets (insecticide-treated)

  • Country

    Zambia

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Early Actions

    Mosquito nets (insecticide-treated)

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce vector borne diseases

  • Detail of action

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

  • Additional resources

    Visit the country page here

    Visit the Zambia Red Cross FbF project page here

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Mosquito nets (insecticide-treated)

  • Country

    Mozambique

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Early Actions

    Mosquito nets (insecticide-treated)

  • 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

  • Early Actions

    Mosquito nets (insecticide-treated)

  • 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

    Kenya

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Early Actions

    Non-food items

  • Sector

    Shelter/Infrastructure

  • Lead Time

    7 days

  • Purpose

    Reduce damage to houses and infrastructure

  • Detail of action

    Distribution of shelter NFI. Through this action, KRCS aims to procure and preposition 1,000 NFI kits to support up to 1,000 families affected by floods in floods
    affected areas of Tana River, Garissa, Kisumu, Busia, Homabay and Migori counties with the aim to provide assistance in line with the Sphere Standards and PGI minimum standards

Title

Non-food items

  • Country

    Kazakhstan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cold Wave

  • Early Actions

    Non-food items

  • Sector

    Health

  • Lead Time

    3 to 7 days

  • Purpose

    Save lives, Meet basic needs

  • Detail of action

    Distribution of the heaters to the elderly people (living in the private houses, those who do not have central heating).

Title

Non-food items

  • Country

    Tajikistan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Heatwave

  • Early Actions

    Non-food items

  • 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

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Non-food items

  • Country

    Tajikistan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cold Wave

  • Early Actions

    Non-food items

  • 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

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Non-food items

  • Country

    Kyrgyzstan

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cold Wave

  • Early Actions

    Non-food items

  • 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.

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Non-food items

  • Country

    Togo

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Early Actions

    Non-food items

  • 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.

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Reinforce housing, schools, or other infrastructure

  • Country

    Zambia

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Flood

  • Early Actions

    Reinforce housing, schools, or other infrastructure

  • 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

  • Early Actions

    Reinforce housing, schools, or other infrastructure

  • 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. 

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Reinforce housing, schools, or other infrastructure

  • Country

    Philippines

  • Organization

    Red Cross Red Crescent

  • Hazard

    Cyclone / Typhoon

  • Early Actions

    Reinforce housing, schools, or other infrastructure

  • 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.

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Global advisor Early Action and Research

German Red Cross

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