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Private Sector Activities in Disaster Risk Reduction
Good Practices and Lessons Learned, 2008


The private sector has been very generous after a catastrophe has occurred. Corporate response to humanitarian emergencies generally has been reactive, limiting its overall effectiveness and efficiency. Increasingly the private sector has demonstrated commitment and interest through risk transfer and corporate social responsibility in reducing vulnerabilities of communities, better risk assessment and also in reducing impact of disaster to their own businesses. This publication highlights seventeen examples how the private sector engages in partnerships to reduce the risk of disaster. (Download the document)

Early Warning Systems can Save Lives
After a Category 3 storm ripped through Myanmar’s Irrawaddy delta region on 3 May 2008, the United Nations secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction stressed the importance of having life-saving early warning systems and preparedness programmes in place when cyclones strike.
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Third International Conference on Early Warning
27-29 March 2006
Bonn, Germany
The checklist is an outcome document of the EWC III. It was generated in order to help governments and communities implement people-centred early warning systems.

The checklist was translated into 19 Indian Ocean languages.

Tsunami Flash Appeal Report
The report of the United Nations Tsumani Flash Appeal Project "Evaluation and Strengthening of Early Warning Systems in Countries Affected by the 26 December 2004 Tsunami" was compiled by the UN/ISDR Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning based on the final reports of the 16 direct implementing partners.
Megaphones save thousands in Bangladesh
A simple early warning system that used local volunteers shouting through megaphones to warn people about the impending cyclone saved thousands of lives when Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh last week, and the system proved so effective that it might even become a model for other countries. Read more.
Final Version of the Global Survey of Early Warning Systems
An assessment of capacities, gaps and opportunities toward building a comprehensive global early warning system for all natural hazards, is now on-line available.