International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Sub-regional Office, Port of Spain
This manual for facilitators in Community Based Disaster Preparedness (CBDP) is the
result of a decade of work of various Caribbean Red Cross Societies and draws on the
experience of hundreds of Red Cross volunteers and beneficiaries. It also reflects the
priorities that the Red Cross has developed world wide with the inclusion of the
Vulnerability Capacity Assessment (VCA) methodology, a way of working that
promotes full participation and encourages integrated solutions to the challenges that
communities face in becoming better prepared.
The tools, including “step-by-step”, are a product of the VCA methodology that the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has identified as a
crucial element in fulfilling its commitment to improve the lives of vulnerable people.
They also incorporate experiences developed by other agencies, such as the work done
in the Philippines by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center.
The manual has been tested through different Red Cross activities including “Think
Tank” meetings with the presence of Caribbean Red Cross Societies, joint evaluation of
the materials, sharing the work with different Red Cross experts in Disaster
Management and so on. It has also taken into account the perspectives and experience
of key partners in the region such as the European Community Humanitarian Office
(ECHO) which has a long experience of working with us in the strengthening of
communities as well as counting on the support of other Movement members such as
the Norwegian Red Cross, a key supporter of Red Cross disaster management
programming in the Caribbean.
The Red Cross believes that a manual such as this can truly be an instrument of
change if it used in the right way. All over the world it has been shown that, given the
right tools, people can improve their lives dramatically. This manual will help