What Now Service
As natural disasters and vulnerability increase, so does the need for comprehensive crisis alert systems. Research shows that most effective early warning is a result of advanced shared knowledge with the public that provides actionable guidance on how to prepare for a disaster. With the internet fast becoming the first source of information in times of crisis for many individuals, network platforms are increasingly building on their capacity to tap into this and broadcast consistent life-saving messages.
The Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC)’s What Now Service is founded on the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Public Awareness and Public Education (PAPE) key messages for disaster risk reduction. PAPE messages are evidence based guidance used to promote consistent actions for the public in the event of different hazards. Red Cross and Red Crescent (RC/RC) National Societies will work with their government partners in disaster management to adapt PAPE messages to their local risks, language, and context to ensure consistency and safety. This evidence based key messaging and guidance is provided in a data feed that is complementary to pre-existing alert systems that are utilized by wider technical platforms.
In partnership with Google, the GDPC expanded to wider networks to increase the reach, speed and scale of disseminating timely alerts to those most in need.
- Includes 20 Hazards: Drought; Earthquake; Flood; Hurricane; Typhoon; Tropical Cyclone; Wildfire; Hailstorm; Extreme Heat; Extreme Cold; Winter Storm; Landslide; Volcanic Eruption; Tsunami & Tidal Surge; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, & Nuclear Emergencies; Pandemic; Active Shooter; with more to come
- Includes 6 Urgency Levels:
· Mid-term Forecast (Longer term actions to reduce risks)
· Forecast (Shorter term actions to assess and plan)
· Watch (Prepare to respond)
· Warning (Prepare to respond)
· Immediate (Response)
· Recovery (Actions taken after event
- Available in 78 different languages