What is Disaster Preparedness and How Can It Help?

Disaster preparedness is an essential element of a comprehensive National Preparedness System that helps to prevent and respond to incidents and emergencies of all hazards. It is a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating and taking corrective action. Training and exercise plans are the cornerstone of preparedness, which focuses on being ready to respond to disasters. Recognizing the importance of disaster preparedness is key to creating a link between emergency response, rehabilitation and development programs.

Professionals in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been trained to understand what people in crisis need to know and when they can be important assets for emergency managers at every stage of disasters and emergencies. International efforts should help governments and communities invest in understanding risks and building preparedness capacities for preventive and early action.

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