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Anticipating Risks: Landslides, Dengue, and Tropical Cyclones in the Philippines


25 November 2021




This session will showcase risk analysis tools and resources that have been developed by Start Network members in the Philippines in collaboration with experts for anticipating potential dengue outbreaks, rain-induced landslides, and other weather events.

Start Network supports members to build partnerships with risk analysts, experts, and academic institutions to develop tools for anticipating various hazards. These tools and other resources can be used by Start Network members and other humanitarians to support the anticipation of crises and to raise Anticipation Alerts.

In this webinar, risk analysis tools that have been developed by Start Network members in collaboration with experts in the Philippines will be shared to raise awareness on how to anticipate potential dengue outbreaks, rain-induced landslides and to understand forecasts for other weather events. These will be followed by an update on a recently completed anticipatory action project for volcanic activity in the Philippines. This two-hour live webinar will cover the following topics:

1. Dengue Risk Analysis Tool To prevent and control dengue fever, Start Network in partnership with World Vision developed the Dengue Risk Analysis Tool, a web-based platform that can forecast the possible rise of dengue cases in select areas. The tool can provide organizations, including LGUs with evidence-based inputs for planning and decision-making, allowing them to develop dengue response plans ahead of time.

2. Establishment of Rainfall Thresholds for Landslides in Albay and Sorsogon Following several cyclone events that triggered landslides in Albay and Sorsogon, a consortium of START Network members led by Humanity & Inclusion along with its partners ADRA, Plan International, ACTED, and the Philippine Red Cross Forecast-based Financing (FbF) Team conducted a landslide study in the two provinces. This study on rainfall-induced landslides defined rainfall thresholds to be used in the provinces’ Landslide Alert Systems.

3. Dynamic Risk Monitor and Forecast Guidance Notes Start Network’s Dynamic Risk Monitor is an online, user-friendly resource that tracks live hazard risk information from key local, national and international data sources. The Forecast Guidance Notes cover information on how to effectively use weather and seasonal forecasts to inform Start Fund Anticipation Alerts.

4. Anticipatory Action for Volcanic Activity: Inclusive Anticipation Taal Action (IATAC) Project The Inclusive Anticipation Taal Action Project led by Relief International in partnership with Humanity & Inclusion, Save the Children and local CSO Yakap sa Kaunlaran ng Bata was recently completed in at-risk communities in the vicinity of Taal Volcano. The project implemented concrete early actions to support communities and their local government to be more prepared in case of a volcanic eruption, taking into consideration inclusion, the importance of risk communication and community engagement, resource assessment, capacity building, equipment and financial support.


Anticipating Risks: Landslides, Dengue, and Tropical Cyclones in the Philippines

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