2. Preparing for an emergency
A CO that is well prepared for an emergency response should:
- Identify high-risk situations and design programmatic interventions based on likely scenarios.
- Have an Emergency Response Team (ERT) in place and members familiar with the CARE Emergency Toolkit and Emergency Protocols.
- Identify at least three high-risk level disaster scenarios and develop mitigation, preparedness and response strategies.
- Have identified capacity gaps and established a Capacity Building Action Plan that includes staff and systems development needs.
- Identify the funding requirements to implement the Capacity Building Action Plan.
- Be able to realistically recognise its capacity and limitations.
- Be able to strengthen community capacities to reduce the effects of identified risk situations and be better prepared to respond.
- Confident enough to ‘raise the alarm’ in the event of an emergency and to provide best estimates of the situation.
- Be able to carry out rapid emergency needs assessment during the onset of emergency and provide timely information to CARE International for decision-making.