1. Be Prepared

This guide starts when a real emergency is on its way. You should already be well prepared for possible emergencies; refer to the EPP guidelines and the CARE International minimum standards for preparedness to support your preparedness work.

You should know CARE’s humanitarian mandate and emergency management protocols.

Your CO should have:

  • an ERT whose members all know what they have to do in an emergency
  • an up-to-date capacity assessment
  • emergency plans that include partners and stakeholders
  • Gender in brief
  • emergency procedures for safety and security, finance, HR, procurement and logistics.

See Chapter 37 Emergency-preparedness-planning for details.

If you are not fully prepared, don’t waste time worrying. This guide will help you respond as quickly as you can.

You will need help from your Lead Member, CARE Humanitarian Affairs, and other parts of CARE.

See Annex 2.1 CO rapid capacity assessment questionnaire