1. Role of emergency preparedness planning (EPP) in an emergency

Emergency preparedness planning is a scenario-based tool to prepare for potential emergencies. The objective of EPP is to create systems and structures that support CARE offices to achieve quality preparedness and response. This process should increase the capacity of offices to alleviate potential disaster impacts and improve the level of readiness to respond to emergencies.

CARE’s approach to disaster and climate risk reduction encompasses the full range of prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response measures to ensure both immediate needs in an emergency are met and underlying causes are addressed. Disaster and climate risk reduction must focus on taking pre-emptive measures to help communities avoid emergencies and become better equipped to reduce the impact of disasters.

CARE uses EPP as a critical component of its commitment to disaster risk management (DRM). For more information, refer to Chapter 6 – Disaster Risk Reduction