Lessons from Past Disaster Responses

While each disaster event presents its own challenges and context, there are important lessons that we can gain from past disaster response and recovery efforts. The resources on this page provide a starting point for accessing both lessons from the past and guidance materials that have been developed based on those lessons.

ADB lessons highlights

Lessons for Chengdu earthquake, PRC 2008

Lessons from Indian Ocean Tsunami

Other ADB Lessons

Key Sectoral Resources

Accountability Humanitarian Accountability Partnership website
Complaint Handling in the Rehabilitation of Aceh and Nias: Experiences of the Asian Development Bank and Other Organizations
Assessment Damage, Loss and Needs Assessment: An Introduction for Staff of the ADB
Handbook for Estimating the Socio-Economic and Environmental Effects of Disasters (ECLAC, 2003)
Community Risk Assessment Toolkit (ProVention Consortium)
Community-based approaches and participation Post-Disaster Action Planning in ADB's ETESP program
Risk Management and Response to Natural Disasters through Social Funds and Community-Driven Development Operations*
Health services Health in South-East Asia: health facilities in emergencies (WHO, 2009)
Resources from the Pan-American Health Organization
Livelihoods & food security The Practitioners' Guide to the Household Economy Approach (Save the Children)
Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis Toolkit (Practical Action)
Emergencies in Urban Settings: A Technical Review of Food-Based Program Options (USAID, 2008)
Policy Hyogo Framework for Action (UN/ISDR)
International disaster response law (IFRC)
Risk reduction Tools for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction: Guidance Notes for Development Organisations (ProVention Consortium, 2006)
Prevention Web (UN/ISDR)
Shelter Safer Homes, Stronger Communities: A Handbook for Reconstructing after Natural Disasters (World Bank, 2009)
Transitional settlement and reconstruction after natural disasters (Shelter Centre, 2008)
Water and sanitation The Challenge in Disaster Reduction for the Water and Sanitation Sector: Improving Quality of Life by Reducing Vulnerabilities (PAHO, 2006)
Excreta Disposal in Emergencies (WEDC, 2007)
Other resources Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)
Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC)
International Recovery Platform
Sphere - Minimum Standards in Disaster Response
UN's OneResponse site and the humanitarian clusters
World Bank's Global Facility on Disaster Reduction and Recovery