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Early Warning, Early Action: An Evaluation of IFRC West and Central Africa Zone Flood Preparedness and Response, 2008

In 2008, the West/Central Africa Zone (WCAZ) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for the first time ever initiated an emergency appeal based on a seasonal climate forecast. Seasonal forecasts were being monitored more closely by the Zone in light of concerns about increasing risk of intense rainfall events related to global climate change. In May 2008, the seasonal forecast anticipated above-normal rainfall for the upcoming rainy season, implying above-normal flood risk. Having been caught off-guard by devastating floods in 2007, the WCAZ decided to take a series of actions to improve flood management and response in preparation for the 2008 rainy season. These actions included pre-positioning relief items, improving disaster response capacity through trainings, development of flood contingency plans, and launching of pre-emergency funding requests for preparedness activities and response. This report examines how the WCAZ used climate information in 2008, as well as the decisions for action, which were made based on seasonal forecasts.
Author: The International Federation of the Red Cross
Language: English
Pubished By: The International Federation of the Red Cross
Pubished date: 2008

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