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The IASC’s Emergency Response Preparedness Approach

To enhance emergency preparedness within the multilateral humanitarian system, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) has developed the Emergency Response Preparedness (ERP) approach, which was adopted for field testing in August 2015. The approach is based on a review of relief operations over the past decade and enables the humanitarian community to proactively prepare for crises requiring a coordinated international response.

The aim of the ERP approach is to increase the speed and volume of life-saving assistance delivered in the first four to six weeks of an emergency. The approach, which is designed to be flexible and resource-light, is based on identifying and prioritising preparedness actions that will make sure that the humanitarian community can effectively respond in the first few weeks of a breaking emergency.

The ERP approach provides tools for UN Country Teams and/or Humanitarian Country Teams to:

·       Understand risks and establish a system to monitor them;

·       Establish a minimum level of preparedness; and

·       Take additional action, including developing contingency plans, to ensure readiness to respond to identified risks.

[ For an overview of the ERP approach, download a 2-page summary here, or look at these Frequently Asked Questions. ]