Preparedness for effective response (HFA 5)
Prospective TASW activities, subject to funding, include:
(1) Establishing and managing a network of professionals whose work involves whole of society preparedness for pandemics and comparable risks
(2) Strengthening network members’ capacity to respond to emergencies by:
a. Developing and refining best practices, including practical case studies, examples of local-level good practice, checklists, guidance and tools, based on network members’ experience, enriched continually with new ideas from the field, and drawing on risk management and private sector expertise
b. Enhancing knowledge-building through a web-based platform to facilitate exchange of experiences of whole-of-society preparedness and convey knowledge covering a wide range of disciplines and sectors
c. Supporting learning from research and studies by strong links with academic and research institutions and the One Health movement.
d. Developing and maintaining a roster of experts in various disciplines with the capacity to deliver support to network members on demand.
(3) Fostering collaboration at country, regional and global levels by:
a. Establishing close links with existing groups and platforms (including ISDR global and regional platforms and other regional political and economic fora) to advocate for new ways of working to foster resilience.
b. Strengthening links with private sector actors (including through mapping what roles business can play), the military and civil defense and links between health and other sectors involved in preparedness.
c. Organizing inputs to regional meetings and workshops, when appropriate.
d. Organizing a special session at the 2013 ISDR Global Platform meeting on the work of TASW.
e. Focusing on a sub-set of regions and countries, so as to be able to measure results at country level in terms of strengthened capacity to respond to pandemic and related threats.
(4) Contributing to wider strategies to strengthen National Disaster Management Organizations (NDMOs) by:
a. Bringing into the TASW network key individuals from NDMOs.
b. Engaging NDMOs in TASW workshops and events, when appropriate.