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IASC ERP approach - At a Glance

Being prepared is a precondition for responding quickly and effectively to a humanitarian crisis. Recognizing this, 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 is to increase the speed and volume of life-saving assistance delivered in the first four to six weeks of an 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.

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Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
27 Jul 2016
Document type: 
Communication Materials
Theme(s): 
Preparedness