EARLY WARNING SYSTEMS
GOAL has become one of the leading agencies in the specialised design and implementation of both community level and national level Early Warning Response Systems (EWRS). GOAL has assisted the Government of Honduras to establish a variety of these systems, including in the Dry Corridor region. GOAL provided technical assistance for three years to ensure the successful establishment of the River Choluteca Catchment Early Warning and Response System, in addition to facilitating stakeholder’s inputs to produce detailed hazard maps and to decide on potential alert levels for a variety of risk scenarios. This system is the largest in the country, covering a region with more than 2 million people.
GOALs work has also involved advocating to improve risk management policy in Honduras and has been a prominent actor in strengthening the performance of Early Warning and Response Systems across the country. Additionally, GOAL was a founding member of the Alliance for Education in Disaster Risk Management formed in 2005, an initiative which supports the incorporation of disaster risk management education within the national Honduran school curriculum. GOALs work also contributes to the broader evidence base which supports further investment in disaster resilience in countries such as Honduras. GOALs development of hazard mapping, damage assessments and economic reports allow the cost of disasters and the advantageous investment in disaster resilience programmes to be compared.
TOOLKIT FOR MEASURING COMMUNITY DISASTER RESILIENCE
An incremental advance in GOAL Honduras’ disaster resilience technological development has been the creation of a toolkit for measuring community disaster resilience. This innovative toolkit, considers a wide range of 30 components related to disaster resilience, and has been extensively verified and validated over the last four years in rural areas of Honduras, Haiti, Ethiopia and Malawi. Also suitable for urban contexts, the toolkit has been used to complement GOALs USAid/ OFDA funded program in Honduras’ capital Tegucigalpa, which uses an internationally recognized neighborhood approach methodology to address disaster risk.