Disaster preparedness is often an overlooked, underfunded, and under-planned service that only gets attention when a disaster strikes. In light of the ongoing threat for future pandemics and large-scale disasters, the UN and USAID have organized the Towards a Safer World (TASW) Initiative.
Towards A Safer World seeks to capture the achievements of the major efforts undertaken since 2005 as a reaction to the threats of global influenza pandemics. The response resulted in diverse actors collaborating and taking actions to prepare for and mitigate the potentially devastating disruption on the vital functions of society. TASW believes that this unprecedented level of multi-sector planning offers a unique opportunity to identify key elements that can advance all disaster preparedness activities.
TASW is working with teams comprised of representatives of the United Nations Systems Influenza Coordination (UNSIC), the World Food Programme (WFP), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the UN World Tourism Organization (WTO), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to identify and document the main achievements, gaps and lessons of pandemic preparedness efforts in each of the following areas: bio-security and animal health, civil-military coordination, communication, community level preparedness, health, humanitarian assistance, logistics, private sector preparedness, travel and tourism, whole of government planning.