How to take early action in the eastern Caribbean to avoid climate extremes becoming disasters

Extreme weather events are becoming more intense in the Eastern Caribbean. Early action can stop climate extremes from turning into disasters. A video by ODI, the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and Ramboll produced for the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) under the Adapt’Action programme, explains how governments can take early action to reduce disaster losses. New types of impact-based forecasts can highlight how people and places will be affected by extreme weather. These forecasts can provide information two or three days before a tropical storm hits, or further ahead, in the case of heavy rainfall, heat and drought. If the forecast shows that a pre-determined threshold will be reached and a disaster is imminent, then decision-makers can trigger early action to target help exactly where it will be needed.

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