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Emergency Preparedness

ROAP works with UN and humanitarian partners across the region to help them better prepare for a swift and effective international response in support of national Governments and other humanitarian actors.

Building on lessons learned from major responses, ROAP is working to adapt global guidance and develop an operational approach that specifically reflects the regional context and roles that the international community is expected to fill after disasters.

The Rapid Response Approach to Disasters in Asia-Pacific (RAPID), is a lighter, flexible approach to disaster preparedness developed by ROAP. The RAPID approach supports preparedness at the country-level, with a focus on identifying the specific role the international community can play in support of a nationally-led response.

RAPID Response in Asia-Pacific

This Asia-Pacific adaptation of global humanitarian programme cycle guidance is made up of four stages, that are mirrored in preparedness and response; 1. Disaster Impact Model, 2. Needs Analysis, 3. Response Capacity Analysis, and 4. Planning and Advocacy. The approach is flexible and designed to be scaled according to specific country contexts.

The RAPID approach:

  1. Place national response front and centre;
  2. Creates linkages between emergency preparedness and response;
  3. Puts affected people at the centre of emergency preparedness and response planning;
  4. Effectively uses country-specific risk profiles and vulnerability data to inform more context specific responses;
  5. Adapts global guidance to operational planning applicable to both high and medium/low risk countries.

In 2017, ROAP supported preparedness work using the RAPID approach in five high risk countries (Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Nepal and Philippines) and six medium/low risk countries (Bhutan, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Viet Nam.)