In early 2015, a joint UNICEF/ WFP research initiative supported by DFID and conducted by the Boston Consulting Group established that the average financial return on investment (ROI) for 49 humanitarian preparedness interventions analyzed in high risk contexts is more than 200%. This means that every $1 spent on preparing is worth more than $2 in the event of an emergency. Preparedness was also shown to save responders more than one week of operational time on average – reaching more people faster to save more lives.
ALERT is an innovative information management system that improves disaster preparedness, helping humanitarian agencies to respond with greater speed, efficiency and effectiveness, before and immediately after a disaster strikes. It aims to streamline the emergency preparedness and response process and enhance coordination and learning across humanitarian agencies and donors. ALERT is one of the key innovation projects under the START Network, and is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) as part of its Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Programme (DEPP) Portfolio. For more information, please visit www.alertpreparedness.org