Establishing Integrated Early Warning System for multi-hazard monitoring

Authors: IGAD
Date: 2019


Effective early warning systems (EWS) play an important role in reducing risks posed by hazards. The provision of timely information allows households and individuals exposed to hazards to take action to avoid or reduce their risk and prepare for effective response. There are several EWS operating independently. They issue own warnings and are not coordinated with government agencies responsible for disaster preparedness and response. For effective coordination, Uganda has established the National Integrated Early Warning System (NIEWS), based in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM). The process and outcome of this practice is outlined in this brief.