Crisis Prevention and Recovery

  • 12 Mar 2013

    A Winning Campaign - Public Outreach in Early Warning

    This resource seeks to provide senior management and communication/public outreach and education professionals in Caribbean countries and territories with recommendations, advice and suggestions that can help inform disaster-alerting public outreach and education (POE) activities in each of their countries. These lessons learned have been gleaned as a result of POE activities on the R3I early warning system (EWS) project.

  • 12 Mar 2013

    Oil Spills

    When mentioning the word “disaster”, the first thing that often comes to mind is natural hazards such as hurricane, earthquake or flood. Nevertheless, a major oil spill, whether it is caused by human actions or is a resultant of a natural hazard, can also have a considerable impact on a nation or even an entire region.

  • 12 Mar 2013

    Reducing Landslide Risk

    The Caribbean region is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts and various natural hazards, including earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, landslides, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. The increasing incidence of such disasters, coupled with the small size of the islands and fragile ecosystems compound their vulnerabilities. Additionally, the location of businesses, settlements and livelihoods in low-lying coastal areas and the sensitivity of the main economic sector, tourism, exacerbate these vulnerabilities. Geological and seismic hazards are among these risks to which many islands are exposed, such as landslides, rockslides, earthquakes and secondary hazards such as liquefaction.

  • 12 Mar 2013

    A Blueprint for CAP-Based Alerting Systems

    When warnings are timely, an uneducated or unprepared public will be unable to act quickly enough to protect their lives and/or property.


UNDP’s work in crisis prevention and recovery helps countries prevent armed conflict, alleviate the effects of natural disasters and build back better and stronger after crises. UNDP incorporates peace-building initiatives into many of its poverty and democratic governance programmes and offers expert crisis advice to governments and communities on risk reduction. Caribbean small island developing states (SIDS) are increasingly vulnerable to natural and man-made hazards that can erase decades of development advances and further entrench poverty and inequality.