Section 2: How ActionAid responds to emergencies

Key Points

  • Emergency response is guided by ActionAid’s Policy on the security of communities in emergencies, which expects that ActionAid must respond to all emergencies that affect the lives and livelihoods of the communities we work with.

  • Alert levels are used to categorise emergencies and determine the scale of response.

  • Our standard operating procedures (SOP) guide response in red and orange alert disasters.

  • Primary responsibility for response lies with the ActionAid member or country programme in the affected country.

  • Emergency response must take priority over other programmes.

  • International Humanitarian Action and Resilience Team (IHART) provides support on emergency preparedness (in 24 priority countries), and response and resilience building in all countries. In case of emergencies, IHART co-ordinates the International Secretariat support to the affected member/ country programme.

  • Upon request of member/country programme, EFAST member(s) can be deployed within 48 hours to fill specific skills gap(s).

  • An Emergency News Officer (under RACE) can be deployed to provide immediate communications support and feed daily updates to ActionAid’s communications network.