Information Management - alliance with Disaster Pacific Center and IFRC Risk Watch
For more than 20 years, Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) has supported governments, non-profits worldwide, and organizations including IFRC, sharing in the mission to save lives and reduce disaster risk.
Data Driven Products for Monitoring and Decision Making
PDC’s global mission is to make evidence-based decisions to save lives and reduce disaster risk, with a focus on information and cutting-edge science. PDC is a bridge between academics and practitioners, making information meaningful, including traditional and non-traditional data sets. Who is this information for? Decision-makers like policymakers and disaster managers: PDC works to make data accessible to them.
In today’s session, PDC shared the organization’s AIM Model (All-hazards Impact Model), which has revolutionized impact modeling because it accurately estimates data points like population, capital, and key infrastructure exposure when a disaster strike. One of the main projects where this model is used is DisasterAWARE, a platform that National Societies teams can register for with their institutional emails.
DisasterAWARE helps decision makers to make better decisions, faster. It is a risk intelligence platform to get a better understanding of risks and impacts with features like:
Leveraging thousands of data from PDC and vetted partners to help inform decision making
Leverage PDCs country-level Risks and Vulnerability Assesment data for identifying areas at most need of support/most vulnerable
SMARTALERT early warning system
The Disaster Aware App called DisasterAlert which is available for Apple and Android.
Inform DRR Decisions and Increase Resilience
PDC has a National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment (NDPBA) which is a sustainable system for accessing, understanding, updating, and applying critical risk information in decision making. The NDPBA provides the necessary tools, scientific data, and evidence-based practices to effectively reduce disaster risk—informing decisions at the national, subnational, and local level.
The NDPA Data for Critical Decision Making looks at Data and Information Exchange, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment, Disaster Management Analysis and DRR 5-year Action plan, all of which help to inform DRR decisions and increase resilience.
A National Disaster Preparedness Baseline Assessment was recently completed in Trinidad and Tobago and it highlights the vulnerabilities, hazards and capacities as well as recommendations. The data can be used to compare municipalities to see which ones have the highest hazards and exposures so proper planning can be put in place.
For IFRC, the partnership with PDC is crucial for making informed decisions. Through the Information Management teams work closely with PDC, as well as using Risk Watch, an IM tool that helps decision makers in the organization to consider key risks and help National Societies to take action ahead and reduce those risks.