Emergency Response

Emergency Response

The following resources help build competence of individuals preparing to work the emergency management field. A wide variety of resources are available on topics including emergency management, disaster response and recovery, nutrition and food security, and safety and security.


  • Community Based Psychosocial Services in Humanitarian Assistance

    This is a facilitator's guide. The field staff of the Network of Action by Churches Together (ACT) has experienced a growing awareness of the need for psychosocial services in major emergencies and disasters. A lot of work has been done in this field. Often this work has not been labeled as psychosocial work and therefore the work has not been counted and reported. This guide meets the need to train community-based psychosocial workers following major emergencies or disasters. 

    The choice of topics that are included in this guide is made out of our common experience as the most essential to build awareness and knowledge in psychosocial assistance in humanitarian assistance.
  • Conflict and Health

    Conflict and Health is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal encompassing all aspects of the intertwined relationship between health and conflict. Millions of people around the world are caught between the vicious spiral of violent conflict and poor health. The journal will focus on the intricate relationship between conflict and health, and how health interventions in war zones may contribute to peace.
  • DisasterReady.org

    DisasterReady.org offers a library of cutting-edge eLearning courses on critical topics such as Humanitarian Essentials, Technical Sectors, Program Support, Protection, Management & Leadership, Staff Safety & Security, Staff Welfare, and Personal Development.
  • Emergency Capacity Building Project

    Although the Emergency Capacity Building Project has ended, a wide variety of tools and materials from the project are still available on the ALNAP site.
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response Handbook [PDF]

    This handbook aims to assist Catholic Relief Services country programs to improve accountability to disaster affected population and to donors through the design and implementation of high quality emergency preparedness and response programs.
  • Emergency Response Manual [PDF]

    This manual is intended to help World Health Organization staff in the Western Pacific Region to act effectively and efficiently in response to emergency situations which impact on people’s health and on health services. 

    Distilled from official documents and recent WHO technical reports and publications, it provides concise memory aids, fact sheets and checklists.
  • Field Operations Guide for Disaster Assessment and Response [PDF]

    This Field Operations Guide for Disaster Assessment and Response has been developed by USAID and related organizations as a reference tool for individuals sent to disaster sites to undertake initial assessments or to participate as members of an OFDA Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART). 

    The guide contains information on general responsibilities for disaster responders, formats and reference material for assessing and reporting on populations at risk, DART position descriptions and duty checklists, descriptions of OFDA stockpile commodities, general information related to disaster activities, information on working with the military in the field and a glossary of acronyms and terms used by OFDA and other organizations with which OFDA works. 
  • Good Enough Guide [PDF]

    What difference are we making? How do we know? The Good Enough Guide, provided by the Emergency Capacity Building Project, helps busy field workers to address these questions. 

    It offers a set of basic guidelines on how to be accountable to local people and measure program impact in emergency situations. Its ‘good enough’ approach emphasizes simple and practical solutions and encourages the user to choose tools that are safe, quick and easy to implement.
  • Mental Health and Disaster Preparedness

    Dr. Parker, of Johns Hopkins, created this presentation that introduces the topics of disaster mental health services, mental health surge capacity, and psychiatric first aid. 
  • Minimal Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in Crisis Situations (MISP)

    This is a distance learning module produced by the Women's Refugee Commission with support from UNHCR.
  • Sphere Project Handbook

    The aim of the Sphere Project is to improve the quality of assistance provided to people affected by disasters, and to enhance the accountability of the humanitarian system in disaster response.
  • Staying Alive: Safety and Security Guidelines for Humanitarian Volunteers in Conflict Areas

    Security is an important concern for those engaged in humanitarian action. The International Committee of the Red Cross is anxious to give to its staff all possible training and guidance in this field. 

    A greater awareness of security-related issues will in some cases help avert incidents and in most cases lessen their consequences.
  • UNHCR Learn and Connect Courses

    UNHCR offers online courses on a variety of emergency and humanitarian topics. Courses are available to UNHCR staff and partner affiliate organizations.

  • UNICEF Online Course on Nutrition and Emergencies

    This course covers basic concepts around the humanitarian system and reform, undernutrition and response in emergencies, individual assessment and micronutrients. The package aims to increase the accessibility of information within key modules of the Harmonized Training Package: Resource Material for Training on Nutrition in Emergencies (the HTP) to strengthen the technical knowledge of individuals working in or aspiring to work in emergency nutrition.