The Asia-Pacific Region has the highest risk of exposure to natural hazards in the world. Seven out of the ten deadliest disasters worldwide since 1980 occurred in Asia. In order to abate the impacts of these disasters, disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) policies, programs and activities have been adopted by countries in the region to enable them to continue to develop sustainably amidst the inevitable occurrences of natural hazards.
This guidebook was developed to help disaster management professionals to know and understand the information available, where to find these information, and how to use available information for their disaster management practice, especially for decision making purposes based on evidence. In particular, this guidebook is designed to help Response Managers in their decision-making processes when preparing for future disasters and responding to emergencies.