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Preparing and Adapting
Tools & Methodologies

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Communities Adapting with Nature (CAN) Checklist

The Communities Adapting with Nature (CAN) Checklist provides useful guidelines that will help identify risk-reduction benefits that adjacent habitats deliver to a community that is at risk to natural hazards and climate change. These references offer suggestions on how to integrate natural ecosystems within a participatory framework for achieving community risk reduction. Through application of the CAN Checklist, communities can subsequently identify local priority areas that will lead to the design of adaptation measures, specifically for implementing nature-based solutions.

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Disaster Risk Reduction Training Catalogue

This catalogue collects the disaster risk reduction trainings organized by the IFRC and its partner organisations, which are open to staff and volunteers of National Societies, IFRC, ICRC and partner organisations. This catalogue does not exhaust the disaster risk reduction trainings offered by the RCRC Movement and is one of the learning tools available to National Society Presidents and Director Generals, Heads of Risk Management or Relief Departments, Disaster Risk Reduction Project Managers and Disaster Risk Management Officers.

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Family Disaster

Preparedness Plan

This tool provides guidances to help families develop a plan to prepare for disasters.

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Roadmap to Community Resilience Framework

The Road Map provides step-by-step guidance on how to operationalize the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ Framework for Community Resilience (FCR). It will help you coordinate programme teams in your National Society or branch and work alongside other stakeholders to enable communities to become more resilient in the face of threats.

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Simulation Guide


The workbook was designed to help you design, organise, implement, and evaluate both tabletop simulations as well as operation-based simulations such as drills, functional and field exercises.


The Caribbean Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit

The Caribbean Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit and Guide is a revision of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Community-Based Climate Change Adaptation Handbook and builds on the IFRC VCA Toolkit. It is designed to help Red Cross National Society staff, volunteers and partners work with communities by adapting the tools within the 3CA to incorporate Climate Change adaptation considerations into their daily lives and planning processes. This toolkit aims to develop processes at the community scale that make it possible to identify climate-related risks using the regional information provided by the different organizations and local information built through a community-based participative assessment process, namely, the Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) from the RCRC.

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Disaster Response Contingency Plans

It is a practical tool that helps National Societies to develop quality Response and Contingency Plans and to be better prepared to offer suitable humanitarian responses based on the Fundamental Principle of “saving lives with dignity”.

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Dual Disasters: What can we do to prepare by using forecasts?

This infographic provides step by steps for ongoing preparation, pre sesion review, pre season planning, and emergency response.

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Nature Navigator Handbook

A handbook for disaster risk management practitioners.

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Simulation Guide

This Guide has been prepared as a methodological training tool for National Society staff, volunteers, and members of Community Disaster Response Teams (CDRTs). More specifically, it is part of the effort to support and enhance National Societies in their response to disasters through tabletop simulations and any operations-based exercises such as drills, functional and field or full-scale exercises.

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Strategic Targeting Methodology: Community Selection Manual

The Strategic Targeting Methodology (STM) is intended for use in the selection of communities for disaster risk reduction actions by any stakeholder (e.g. Government, NGOs and IFRC). It ensures a transparent, consistent and documented process that reduces external influences and power dynamics in the decision-making that leads to the selection of communities for DRR interventions using project resources. It also helps to improve coordination and reduces duplication of effort through the identification of multiple stakeholders working in similar areas or sectors. I

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