Closing event: It is time for resilience, equity, anticipation and preparedness, and global disaster
Along the 2021 Red Cross Pre-Hurricane Conference, Red Cross National Societies, IFRC teams, partners, allies and public official have made clear that getting prepared is key to save lives and build up resilience, and that to make that happen joint action is needed now.
The Red Cross teams in Central America, North America and The Caribbean should take measures to get prepared and strengthen their capacities in the areas of community engagement and accountability, climate change adaptation, localization and local-global response, continuity of services and operations and protection, gender and inclusion. Also, in the fields of cash and voucher assistance, anticipation, humanitarian advocacy, protection of livelihoods, CRM, location, public health, forecast based financing, data gathering and analysis, and information management.
Scenario planning, logistics, early action, public communication migration and internal displacement linked to disasters and climate change, green response, female leadership, and duty of care are also areas that should get strengthened, as well as the response to COVID-19, because the pandemic is not over and continues impacting vulnerable families and communities and even Red Cross volunteers.
To guarantee a faster, greener, more effective and resilience-centered preparedness and response, financial and non-financial resources from governments, private sector and the Red Cross should combine and favor innovation, digital transformation, capacity development, and knowledge sharing initiatives across the region.
That joint action is needed now and the IFRC network is a key and strategically located partner to articulate it and make it happen. It is also a step forward in the right direction: fostering a smart investment at local, national and international level to guarantee that the most vulnerable will be protected in the face of more frequent and intense climate-related disasters.
28 out of 35 countries in the Americas are classified as medium, high, or very high in terms of climate-related risks. The Americas is a highly disaster-prone region. North America, Central America, and The Caribbean are cyclically affected by tropical storms and hurricanes that regularly devastate vulnerable communities. The impacts of global warming are already killing people and devastating lives and livelihoods every year, and they will only get worse without immediate and determined action.