Topic outline

This short course provides an overview of how to build a crisis timeline to support the design of anticipatory actions using a phased approach. It focuses on slow-onset hazards and uses drought as an illustrative example. 


The course is designed for practitioners and others interested in anticipatory action programming.  It is designed with slow-onset hazards in mind but is relevant to the full spectrum of climate-related, man-made, slow- and rapid-onset hazards.

  • What is a crisis timeline and what is its purpose
  • How to build a crisis timeline by following a step-by-step approach

The course is organized around the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Step 1: Who is at risk and when?
  • Step 2: Which actions can be taken to mitigate hazard impacts, and when?
  • Step 3: How much time is needed to implement the actions selected?
  • Step 4: What kind of early warning information is available at critical points in time?
  • Step 5: Bringing all the information together to define the action phases

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