Preparedness | HumanitarianResponse

To enhance emergency preparedness within the multilateral humanitarian system, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) has developed the Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) approach, which was adopted for field testing in August 2015. The approach is based on a review of relief operations over the past decade and enables the humanitarian community to proactively prepare for crises requiring a coordinated international response. 

The aim of the ERP approach is to increase the speed and volume of life-saving assistance delivered in the first four to six weeks of an emergency. The approach, which is designed to be flexible and resource-light, is based on identifying and prioritising preparedness actions that will make sure that the humanitarian community can effectively respond in the first few weeks of a breaking emergency.


Men building a shelter in Juba, South Sudan. ​Photo: OCHA/Zocherman 2014

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