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Community early warning systems:
guiding principles

IFRC 2013

One in a set of guides prepared by the IFRC, this document joins the disaster response and contingency planning guide to provide a solid toolkit for the disaster risk reduction and management practitioner. Other guides in the series take on issues of vulnerability and capacity assessment, as well as public awareness and public education.

Available in English

Public awareness and public education for disaster risk reduction: key messages
IFRC 2013

Harmonized messaging is a key goal in disaster risk reduction awareness. It is particularly important when it comes to scaling up efforts to create a culture of safety. This document is offered as a tool for use in consensus building, ensuring that key messages are consistent, credible and have strong impact.

Available in English

Accompanying the families of missing persons: A practical handbook
ICRC 2013

This 158-page handbook brings together the experience and knowledge gained through support programmes for families of people who went missing during conflict. The programme began in 2000 to help the families of the missing deal with their anguish and the resulting psychological and social consequences of conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Projects providing holistic and wide-ranging assistance to the families of the missing soon developed in Serbia and Kosovo. Since 2008, the ICRC has developed similar projects in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Nepal, Timor-Leste and elsewhere.

Available in English

Shelter projects 2011–2012
IFRC 2013

This book contains summaries of shelter projects that have been implemented in response to conflicts, complex emergencies and natural disasters. It also contains summaries of significant issues in humanitarian shelter provision, written by shelter practitioners with specific interests and experiences.

Available in English

Nuclear, radiological,biological
and chemical
ICRC 2013

Exposure to nuclear, radiological, biological or chemical (NRBC) agents may be very damaging to health or even lethal, and persistent agents — those that linger and remain effective — may be hazardous for both responders and the local population. This brochure aims to raise awareness within the ICRC and the Movement about NR BC events and on basic protection measures in case of imminent or actual exposure.

Available in English


Panorama: The ICRC inaction worldwide
ICRC 2013

In a world wracked by conflict and armed violence, the ICRC brings hope and humanity to millions of people across the globe. This film highlights the organization’s work to protect and assist victims of war — treating the wounded, providing shelter and clean water, reuniting families and promoting respect for the rules of war. Neutral and independent,  the ICRC is part of the world’s largest humanitarian movement, bringing assistance to those in need, regardless of race, religion or politics.

Available in English and French



I know where I’m going
ICRC 2013

This powerful, short documentary illustrates the ICRC’s neutral, independent and impartial approach to humanitarianism, through the story of Hussein Saleh, an ICRC staffer from Yemen. “We were incredibly lucky and privileged to meet Hussein Saleh, a shy, modest and brilliant man who was initially reluctant to be put on the spotlight but who opened up in surprising ways to tell the story in his own words, and incredibly well,” wrote ICRC’s Simon Schorno, who directed the video. Sadly, Saleh was hit by shrapnel from an airstrike while working shortly after the coverage was completed. “Saleh’s tragic death has added a great sense of responsibility for all involved in the project,” said Schorno.
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Available in English


Community-based health and
first aid e-learning

IFRC 2013

This online course broadly promotes the community-based health and first aid (CBHFA) approach and trains staff and volunteers to deliver primary health care, first aid and prepare for emergency health at the community level. There are four CBHFA e-modules — Introduction, Volunteer action, Facilitation and Implementation — targeting National Society volunteers, facilitators, programme managers, as well as IFRC and participating National Society delegates. The CBHFA e-learning modules are online and can be found at: Click here

Available in English


Beneficiary communications
IFRC 2013

Communities need and deserve to have information that affects their future, both before and after a disaster. Sharing useful information with affected populations in languages they understand, through media and technology they trust, can be a life-saving resource. This short, animated video shows how effective communication helps communities and humanitarian organizations to improve service delivery and better understand the needs and concerns of people affected by disaster.

Available in English, French and Spanish


International Federation materials are available from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, P.O. Box 372, CH-1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland. for the Federation


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