The National Early Warning System
Nations strive to improve the welfare and stability of its people and communities as part of the comprehensive development strategy. With the increasingly crises and disasters in the recent decades, the results of such disasters can severely affect the government’s plans in objectives. Instead of focusing on achieving the goals, governments are struggling to reduce the impact of these disasters. Therefore, the importance of preparedness through effective early warning systems can significantly reduce the impacts and save lives.
In addition, governments around the world are seeking to ensure security and stability and to do their best to support comprehensive and sustainable development and to protect their people, land and property through the systems to minimize the impact of emergencies, crises and disasters. Given the importance and effectiveness of early warning systems in contributing to this, the international community has shown remarkable interest in the development and implementation of such of frameworks, policies and technologies.
The United Nations has defined early warning as a set of capacities for the preparation and dissemination of clear, understandable and timely warning information to enable individuals, communities and organizations at risk to prepare and respond appropriately and in sufficient time to reduce damage and loss of lives.
In order to ensure the safety of the public in the UAE, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) was established and tasked with the task of developing the necessary capabilities, policies and frameworks. As part of its continuous efforts in increasing the resilience and readiness of the UAE in facing disasters and crises, and with the innovation in the field of emergency, NCEMA has worked to develop and activate a comprehensive national early warning system, referred to as “The National Early Warning System”. With such strategy, this will enhance the UAE’s position in the region and the world in terms of readiness and emergency management.