PIRAC launches a social media campaign on disaster preparedness in a context of COVID-19 outbreak

Source(s): French Red Cross

PIRAC, the Regional Intervention Platform for the Americas and the Caribbean of the French Red Cross is launching a social media campaign to promote good practices for individuals and communities to be better prepared for natural hazards in the context of an epidemic. Daily messages will be shared within the Caribbean from September 15th to October 13th, for the International Day for Disaster Reduction Day (IDDRR).

This activity is the part of a wider regional public awareness campaign on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation under the READY Together programme. The Red Cross Red Crescent movement considers essential to remind individuals and communities from the Caribbean that they are exposed to natural hazards such as seismic, volcanic and hydro-meteorological hazards. Risks are exacerbated by social, economic and environmental vulnerability factors, low preparedness and response capacities, and a limited risk culture. Increasing risks knowledge and promoting social and behaviour change are essential to reduce the vulnerabilities of individuals and communities.

Through this regional campaign PIRAC and its partners are expecting to contribute to long term community resilience to natural hazards and climate change. This campaign also aims at consolidating solidarity and interaction among Caribbean territories and populations who are facing similar significant natural hazards and epidemics risks, making the cooperation crucial. Many Caribbean territories are currently facing COVID-19 and dengue epidemics which increases vulnerabilities. Despite the epidemic situation people have to maintain and adapt good practices to be prepared for natural hazards that can be exacerbated by climate change.

The one-month social media campaign will be disseminated within the Caribbean region via the network of partners of the READY Together programme: regional disaster management actors (CDEMA1, IFRC2, OECS3, UNDRR4), the EU INTERREG Caribbean programme, AFD5, the Regional Council of Guadeloupe, the territorial delegations of the French Red Cross, as well as Red Cross National Societies and their partners. Visibility of the messages will be optimised thanks to the use of a common hashtag in all targeted social media networks (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter): #READY_Together.

For more information, contact: Soizic Brun, PIRAC, READY Together Deputy Programme Manager: soizic.brun@croix-rouge.fr


Founded in 2005, the Regional Intervention Platform for the Americas and the Caribbean (PIRAC) is the delegation of the French Red Cross (FRC) in the Caribbean and, its main regional cooperation and humanitarian tool. The PIRAC provides assistance to the populations affected by major disasters and crisis in the Caribbean and the Guyana Shield. The PIRAC also develops actions to strengthen the resilience of people and support Red Cross entities in the French territories and the broader Caribbean, in coordination with the IFRC.

About READY Together

The READY Together Programme (2019 – 2021), co-funded by the INTERREG Caribbean programme through the European Regional Development Fund, the French Development Agency (AFD) and the Regional Council of Guadeloupe, aims at reinforcing disaster preparedness and response capacities within the Eastern Caribbean territories.

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