The Building Resilient, Adaptive and Disaster Ready Communities or B-READY project aims to better protect vulnerable households from natural disasters using latest digital forecasting technology that predicts extreme weather events. The project combines two innovations on disaster preparedness to increase community resilience using 1) Early warning system through parametric forecasting and risk modelling technology, and 2) Financial technologies to enable pre-disaster cash transfer program to save lives, increase preparedness, and mitigate disaster risks.
The project targets that vulnerable families are prepared for disasters by early access to forecast information and financial resources such as monetary aid, insurance and credit.
A first result was that due to the expected landfall of typhoon Phanfone in December 2019 the municipality evacuated 929 families from dangerous zones. These families received €32 as a multipurpose cash transfer, equivalent to five days of food.