OCHA-UN/ISDR: Disaster Preparedness for Effective Response – Guidance and Indicator Package for Implementing Priority Five of the Hyogo Framework

July 2008. The UN Office for the

Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has launched, in collaboration with

the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Secretariat, a

document for the implementation of Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) Priority Five

(disaster preparedness for effective response at all levels).

The Guidance

Package primarily aims to assist governments, local authorities and other

stakeholders concerned with natural hazards in potentially vulnerable settings.

It is designed to complement and expand upon the disaster preparedness and

response components of the 2007 UN/ISDR guidelines entitled Words Into

Action: Implementing the Hyogo Framework. The Guidance document begins by

situating disaster preparedness within a holistic risk reduction

framework. It then provides a basic overview of the institutional and legislative

frameworks required to support disaster

preparedness. It ends by outlining key steps in developing a national disaster preparedness capability and highlights

the critical role that contingency planning and capacity analysis can

play in strengthening preparedness. The Guidance]