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Implementation Guide for Disaster Preparedness for Effective Response - Sendai Framework priority 4

This series of practical ‘how-to’ guides will elaborate steps for the use of existing guidelines in line with the disaster risk management approach required for Sendai Framework Implementation to enhance preparedness for disaster response, and elaborate recommendations where gaps are identified. Relevant case studies will be shared.


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    Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response

    This guideline, envisaged as an introductory ‘capstone’, highlights the key principles and required actions outlined in the Sendai Framework to enhance disaster preparedness for effective response, points to existing resources that provide more detailed explanations and guidance, and illustrates implementation with examples. It consists of three main sections: Principles, Guidelines, and Practices.

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    Concise guide on design and conduct of simulation exercises

    The Concise guide on design and conduct of simulation exercises is a companion piece for emergency managers, relevant government officials and many other actors responsible for disaster preparedness planning and drills.

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Contact: Sarah Wade-Apicella (

Concept note

  • The Sendai Framework emphasizes the need for a shift from disaster management to disaster risk management, rather than reactive response. However, it continues to place a high priority on disaster preparedness for response and Member States articulated the need to maintain this focus. As part of this, there is increasing recognition for interoperability and shared understanding of disaster risk-aware preparedness among local, national, regional and international responders.

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