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September 14, 2021

Reflections on the High-level Humanitarian Event on Anticipatory Action

A High-level Humanitarian Event on Anticipatory Action, convened by OCHA and the Governments of Germany and the UK, took place on 9 September 2021. This brought together leaders from across …

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September 15, 2021

Mitigating gender-based violence risks: how anticipatory action supports safety and access to services for women and girls

In disasters, women and children are 14 times more likely to die than men. This can be due to a range of factors. To unleash this potential, gender analyses of vulnerabilities and coping strategies …

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September 14, 2021

Forecast-based financing for drought in Niger

To enhance communities’ resilience to drought, and to increase their food and nutritional security, the Niger Red Cross is implementing forecast-based financing for droughts in the Zinder region. …

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September 16, 2021

Forecast-based Financing for flash floods: a Flash Flood Confidence Index

This blog explains the collaborative work done by researchers and practitioners to develop an index to generate flash flood historical data, a first step towards developing an Early Action Protocol. …

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September 13, 2021

Using global forecasts to support humanitarian decision making during major tropical cyclones

Tropical Cyclones (or Hurricanes as they are called in the Atlantic) are the most powerful storms on earth. They cause destruction from strong winds and coastal flooding where they make landfall and …

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September 13, 2021

Getting ahead of Cholera and Putting Cholera behind

With the knowledge garnered in the last two hundred years, we should have enough tools and strategies to prevent, control, and eliminate a disease that belongs in a library, between voluminous tomes …

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September 08, 2021

The Story of Heatwave Anticipatory Action in Dhaka Bangladesh

By applying Anticipatory Action, heatwaves could be anticipated, and early actions could be implemented before the occurrence of heatwaves to reduce their impact, human suffering, and losses. Read …

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September 07, 2021

Warnings as Social Processes

The Warning Research Centre (WRC) and the Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR) at University College London, UK recently became partners of the Anticipation Hub. We look forward to …

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September 08, 2021

Anticipatory Action and Child Protection Acting Early to Better Protect Children in Emergencies

In order to improve child protection in emergencies, the IFRC, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Climate Centre, and the Anticipation Hub, with the support of the Child Protection Area of …

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August 26, 2021

Climate Change, Disaster Displacement and (Anticipatory) Humanitarian Action: Challenges ahead

The impact of climate change will drastically increase the number of people displaced by disasters and extreme weather events over the upcoming decades. At the same time, its latent effects are …

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July 05, 2021

Zambias Early Action Protocols in practice

This blog shares insights from the flood light activation in Zambia that took place from February 18th until February 24th 2021.

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June 29, 2021

Generating evidence on the impact of WFPs anticipatory cash transfers ahead of severe river floods in Bangladesh

Since 2015, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been collaborating closely with key government stakeholders, the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre …

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June 28, 2021

From lessons identified to lessons learned: Applying lessons from COVID-19 to FbF operations

To find out what drivers of the anticipation agenda within the Red Cross Red Crescent thought about our findings we asked Nazira Lacayo, Senior Officer for Forecast-based Action by the DREF and …

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June 25, 2021

Philippines: Simulating with Cash Early Actions & Social Protection for Flood

This blog post shares lessons from the implementation of the 2-day Forecast-based Financing (FbF) simulation exercise (simex) on 18-20 May, to test two early actions - fish harvesting from ponds and …

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June 22, 2021

Forecasting changes in the state of food security with machine learning

This blog post summaries the key findings from the study and highlights the relevance for the anticipatory action community.

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June 23, 2021

The double afflication conflict and natural hazard the importance of tackling disaster risk admist insecurity

In six out of the past ten years, Palestine experienced extreme cold weather and/or flooding placing great pressure on housing, infrastructure, and energy services already stressed by ongoing …

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June 21, 2021

Linking early warnings to early action: compound hydrometeorological hazards and dengue outbreaks

In this blog you can read more about how hydrometeorological hazards do impact outbreaks of dengue.

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June 16, 2021

Forecast-based Action Intervention: Early Cash Distribution to address Food Insecurity in the North-East of Madagascar

This blog explains how Welthungerhilfe is using Early Cash distribution as part of their forecast-based interventions to address food insecurity in the North-East of Madagascar.

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May 19, 2021

OFF THE GRID: Identifying high-risk and unmapped areas in East Africa

This blog post discusses a study to identify and prioritize high-risk areas in East Africa and guide volunteer mapping efforts to map the gaps in these areas.

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May 17, 2021

The coproduction of the Early Action Protocol for floods in Uganda: A model of strong collaboration for the effective scale-up of FbF

To trigger effective anticipatory actions before a natural hazard hits a vulnerable community, humanitarians need clear and robust protocols. This blog describes how the Uganda Red Cross Society …

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April 28, 2021

Ethiopian Flood Trigger Simulation: Optimizing Early Action Protocols

This blog shares insights from the simulation of the flood Early Action Protocol in Ethiopia that took place from March 8th until March 12th 2021.

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April 15, 2021

Anticipating rising food insecurity: Hunger Hotspots report

The March edition flags 20 countries and situations where there is a likelihood of further deterioration in acute food insecurity, due to multiple drivers of hunger that are interlinked or mutually …

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April 14, 2021

Linking early warning with early action: Closing the gaps for stronger resilience

This blog article looks at the different components of an early warning system to find links with early and anticipatory action approaches, and ways to build and develop holistic systems which leave …

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April 14, 2021

Leveraging Knowledge to Accelerate Anticipatory Action: An interview with the AHA Centre

This blog post shares the key highlights from the interview and clearly demonstrates the vital role regional voices play in stimulating knowledge exchange and advocating to anchor anticipatory …

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April 14, 2021

The aftermath of anticipatory humanitarian actions taken for severe tropical storm ‘Chalane’ in Mozambique – was it worth it?

This blog is a short narrative about what followed as the first EAP activation in the Africa region.

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April 09, 2021

Bridging the gap: establishing the basis of subseasonal flood forecasting in East Africa

In 2018 Kenya experienced one of its wettest seasons on record. Exceptionally high rainfall in distinct periods throughout the “long rains” season resulted in extensive flooding, loss of around 200 …

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April 09, 2021

Strengthening partnerships between National Meteorological Services and humanitarian actors to enable anticipatory action in Argentina

The Argentinian National Meteorological Service becomes a partner of the Anticipation Hub and signs an MoU with the Argentina Red Cross

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April 09, 2021

Capturing opportunities for OpenStreetMap data to better support Anticipatory Action

There are a vast array of opportunities for open geospatial data, like OpenStreetMap (OSM) to support anticipatory action. This blog captures key insights and examples of how the German Red Cross, …

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April 08, 2021

Collaboration in action! Formalizing cooperation between government agencies and humanitarian actors to accelerate anticipatory action in …

These agreements with government agencies will bring the policy makers as well as the scientists from hydro-met organizations in closer contact with practitioners in humanitarian sectors, so we can …

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Latest news

The Anticipation Hub's engagement at the High-level Event on Anticipatory Action

The Anticipation Hub issued a statement for delegates at the High-level Humanitarian Event on Anticipatory Action convened by OCHA and the Governments of Germany and the UK. A video was also shared …

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1st Anticipation Hub Advisory Group meeting

On September 2nd 1st Anticipation Hub Advisory Group meeting was held.

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September 15, 2021

FbF organizes network of Information Management and GIS Specialists in Latin America

With the participation of representatives from the Peruvian Red Cross, Ecuadorian Red Cross, Guatemalan Red Cross, Honduran Red Cross, Nicaraguan Red Cross and Costa Rican Red Cross, the first …

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September 15, 2021

FbF organiza red de Especialistas en Manejo de Información y SIG en América Latina

Con la participación de representantes de Cruz Roja Peruana, Cruz Roja Ecuatoriana, Cruz Roja Guatemalteca, Cruz Roja Hondureña, Cruz Roja Nicaragüense y Cruz Roja Costarricense se realizó del 6 al …

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September 08, 2021

FbF LACs launches the Anticipation Talks podcast

An interactive space to talk about initiatives and events related to Anticipatory Action in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). That’s what "Anticipation Talks", FbF LAC’s podcast is about.

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September 08, 2021

FbF LAC Lanza su podcast Anticipation Talks

Un espacio para conversar sobre iniciativas y eventos vinculados a la acción anticipatoria en Latinoamérica y el Caribe. Eso son las Anticipation Talks” o “Pláticas FbF”, el podcast del programa …

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Appointment of the new Head of the Anticipation Hub

Ms. Kara Siahaan has been appointed as the new Head of the Anticipation Hub

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August 10, 2021

IPCC Climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying

Read more about the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (WGI) report that was launched on 9 August 2021 and warns about increasing extremes.

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July 12, 2021

North Americal heatwave 150 times more likely with climate change say attributions scientists

Last week’s record-breaking heatwave in parts of the US and Canada would have been virtually impossible without the influence of human-caused climate change, according to a rapid analysis by World …

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July 12, 2021

Government to engage practitioners to formulate Forecast-based Financing Action Strategy

To formulate a Forecast-based Financing/ Action (FbF/A) Strategy for Bangladesh, a day long workshop was organized on 9th June 2021 by the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) of the …

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July 05, 2021

A burst of energy and enthusiasm: Systems Building for effective anticipatory action at the 4th Africa Dialogue Platform

The 4th Africa Dialogue Platform on Anticipatory Humanitarian Action took place from the 29th of June to the 1st of July. During these three days 290 participants came together to share experiences …

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July 01, 2021

Launch of the Anticipation Hub Strategy

The Anticipation Hub coordination team is proud to announce the launch of the 3-year Anticipation Hub Strategy. This document outlines our vision, mission, aims, values and strategy priorities that …

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June 29, 2021

Strengthening partnerships for Anticipatory Action: The UK FCDO joins as a partner of the Anticipation Hub

The Anticipation Hub is excited to announce that the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) of the United Kingdom has formally joined as our 75th partner. They are the second donor …

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June 28, 2021

The Anticipation Hub joins the InsuResilience Global Partnership

The Anticipation Hub is proud to now be a member of the InsuResilience Global Partnership. The InsuResilience Secretariat is also a partner of the Anticipation Hub and are excited to see our …

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June 28, 2021

Recordings available from IFHVs Lunch Lecture Series on Anticipating Climate Change and Disaster Displacement

The Ruhr University Bochum’s Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict hosted a Lunch Lecture Series on “Anticipating Climate Change and Disaster Displacement: A Conversation …

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June 28, 2021

The Anticipation Hub joins the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership

The Anticipation Hub is excited to now be a member of the Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP). We share its ambition to make 1 billion people safer from disasters and will contribute …

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June 24, 2021

ECOSOC HAS Side event Anticipatory Action momentum rhythm interest

Together with its partners in a multi-agency task force, the IFRC is committed to scaling up anticipatory action “so that it reaches more people, covers more locations, and is applied to a wide …

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June 22, 2021

GloFAS v3.1 Launch Webinar-Recording now available

On the 27th of May 2021, a webinar launched the next operational release (version 3.1) of the Global Flood Awareness System (GloFAS) of the Copernicus Emergency Management Service - an important web …

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June 15, 2021

Southern Africa Dialogue Platform: Live Blog & Recordings now available

The 1st ever Southern Africa Dialogue Platform on Anticipatory Humanitarian Action took place from May 26 - 27, 2021. You can catch up on the highlights of each session through the ‘live blog’ on …

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June 15, 2021

IFRC welcomes USAID to early-action partnership

At the end of the G7 summit in Cornwall yesterday, the UK, Germany and the US announced further action to boost protection from climate impacts for the world’s most vulnerable communities.

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June 11, 2021

More than 450 people participated in the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Dialogue Platform

The third Regional Dialogue Platform in Latin America and the Caribbean, virtual edition, was held from June 2 to 4 with the participation of more than 450 people, representing around 40 countries. …

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The Arabic FbF Manual is now online!

In the Manual you will find answers to questions like: What are the necessary steps for a Red Cross Red Crescent National Society and partners to implement Forecast-based Financing and develop an …

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June 08, 2021

Practice makes perfect: planning for floods in Ethiopia

To test the Early Action Protocol, the Ethiopian Red Cross and its partners carried out a flood simulation in March 2021. Simulations are crucial to make sure communication between all the different …

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May 19, 2021

G7 Commitment on scaling-up anticipatory action: another advocacy milestone for the anticipatory action community

The release of the G7 Famine Prevention and Humanitarian Crisis Compact on 5th of May 2021, is a huge milestone in gaining increased political commitment from the G7 countries to scale-up …

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May 07, 2021

Risk reconsidered – launch of the Recommendations and a Checklist on Scaling up DRR in Humanitarian Action

As part of the Anticipatory Action Priority Topic sessions at the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week, UNDRR organised a session launching the Recommendations and Checklist on Scaling up DRR …

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April 23, 2021

Strengthening Synergy for a system-wide shift: Anticipatory Action in the nexus

On Wednesday April 21st, leading experts, governments and practitioners came together on a virtual stage at the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week to discuss how they can work in …

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April 22, 2021

Anticipatory Action priority topic sessions kick-off at the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships week

Anticipatory action is one of the 9 Priority Topics being discussed at the virtual Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week taking place between the 19th of May and the 7th of April. Find out …

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April 21, 2021

Boosting support for Anticipatory Action: Meeting between the Chairwoman of the Parlimentary Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian …

Read more about the high-level meeting between Gyde Jensen, Mr. Jagan Chapagain and Mr. Christian Reuter. Anticipatory action was one of the two key topics discussed during the meeting, the other …

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April 19, 2021

Anticipating the Bangladesh floods in 2020: FAO impact analysis

After the floods subsided, FAO conducted an impact analysis to understand the effectiveness of its interventions. This publication and video provide an insight into FAO’s role in this process, …

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April 14, 2021

Delivering Training on Impact-based Forecasting in Nepal

Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCCC) and UK Met Office (UKMO) jointly delivered a training on “Impact-based Forecasting for Early Action'' from March 23-25, 2021 in Nepal. The training was …

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April 08, 2021

Unveiling low-cost anticipatory actions for cities

The recently launched Urban Action Kit offers possible solutions to the humanitarian community wishing to start or strengthen their urban engagement. The Kit contains a light introduction to urban …

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April 08, 2021

Climate Centre colleagues help renowned board game designers test their upcoming game on Climate Change

The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre is supporting game designers Matteo Menapace and Matt Leacock as they design an upcoming board game entitled Daybreak, about the climate crisis. The goal: …

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April 07, 2021

The FbF Manual is now available in Spanish and French

The FbF Practitioners Manual, a step-by-step guide for FbF implementation, which is now available not only in English but also in Spanish and French.

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March 31, 2021

Preparing for extreme weather in the Caribbean: what role for forecast-based early action?

This scoping study and its accompanying joint work plan are intended to help development partners to enhance disaster preparedness and reduce the humanitarian and economic impacts of extreme weather …

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March 25, 2021

Government Forecast Based Financing/Action Taskforce will accelerate FbF/A in Bangladesh

The most awaited meeting of the Forecast Based Financing/Action (FbF/A) Taskforce Committee of the Standing Orders on Disaster was held on Tuesday, 15 March 2021 at the Conference Room of Department …

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International Red Cross Red Crescent workers respond to floods in Uganda, one of many countries that uses a 'forecast-based early action' program to respond to floods. Photo by International Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre
March 23, 2021

New Journal Publication Shows Paths Forward for Flood Early Action

Disconnects between forecasters and decision-makers worldwide can often result in less efficient or effective flood response. In a new paper, experts from SERVIR’s Science Coordination Office, the …

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Innovative Approach to Insurance Enables Humanitarian Agencies To Proactively Manage Climate-Related Risks At Scale

A new report published demonstrates how insurance can help governments and organisations to predict and proactively manage climate-related humanitarian risks at scale. The report, published by …

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February 23, 2021

MoU between Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Bangladesh Red Crescent Society for …

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Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Bangladesh Meteorological Department and Bangladesh Red Crescent Society for increasing mutual …

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) under the Ministry of Defense of the Government of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Red Crescent …

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Previous news and blogs

Reshaping and rethinking Anticipatory Action: learning from 2020

During the first months of 2020, all the attention was on – and rightly so – containing the spread and responding to the direct impacts of COVID19. Some of us working on designing new anticipatory …

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Publication of the Anticipatory Action Task Force Terms of Reference

The Anticipatory Action Task Force (AATF) have published their Terms of Reference outlining their strategic vision, mission statement, priorities, activities and membership structure.

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Anticipating the flood: Taking early actions at the Lower Limpopo in Mozambique

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Getting ahead of the climate curve: Investing in Early Warning and Early Action

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Dealing with a crisis within a crisis: Anticipatory Action in the age of Covid-19

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Enhancing anticipatory action through Earth Observations

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CAS 2021 anchor event on DRR co-hosted by REAP, CREWS, IFRC and WMO

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Mozambique Red Cross taking early action as Tropical Cyclone Eloise brings strong winds and rains

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Red Cross provides relief ahead of extreme winter season in Mongolia

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FbF and Disaster Displacement

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Launch of the Anticipation Hub

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The Anticipation Hub went online

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World Disasters Report 2020

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