Early warning systems save lives and reduce economic losses at all levels, but they still are not integrated into disaster management and risk reduction globally. This topic is the focus of the new World Disasters Report, 2009, of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

This report argues that early warning is not enough without early action; early action can do more to reduce deaths and protect livelihoods than can be achieved through emergency response alone. The report emphasizes that this challenge must be taken by national governments, donors, and other stakeholders.

The document is available in English and Spanish and can be donwloaded at: www.ifrc.org/publicat/wdr2009.