• Scale and footprint

    Collaborate, promote, and incorporate prevention and resilience tools for enterprises

  • Usability and adaptability

    Cost effective and easy to deploy measures that require minimal supervision
  • A community of users

    By engaging a wide range of partners, in a way that applies specifically to their needs and context, we can ensure the dissemination of best practices.

Why is the Disaster Toolkit Necessary?

Employer business membership organisations (or EBMOs) are defined as any representative organization (member-based) of the private sector, namely employers’ organizations (national, regional or provincial); chambers of commerce (national, regional or provincial); sectoral associations (representing enterprises in a specific sector of the economy); or any other formal established network of businesses that have come together to work in a collective interest.

For the most part these EBMOs are populated with small, medium or large indigenous enterprises. EBMOs are embedded in their communities with a variety of linkages to different social and political actors and strata through business relations (with staff, business partners, etc), but also along other lines, such as political, cultural, ethnic or religious. The strength of business associations lies in their representative nature and their functioning as networks.

Currently, there are few tools that exist to assist SMEs to manage their business in disaster-affected regions and/or to cope with disaster related risks. Because although SME owners and managers may have informal and instinctive ways of dealing with disaster risks, often risk mitigation actions are not sufficiently thorough and sudden changes in disaster dynamics often leaves businesses at the risk of closure.

Who should use the toolkit?

The toolkits should be used by:

Smaller enterprises may only have they capacity to use the easy to use self-assessment and specific SME TOOL.

Medium sized and larger firms may be us the wider suite of material in a more structured way.

  • small, medium and large businesses that operate near or in conflict affected zones
  • businesses in zones that are at risk of violence, to plan for a rapid escalation of violence
  • enterprises and their workers


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