Community Based Early Warning Systems (CBEWS)
A Community-Based Early Warning Systems (CBEWS) is a system developed, managed and maintained by the community itself, that empowers individuals and communities threatened by hazards to act in sufficient time and in an appropriate manner in a bid to reduce the possibility of personal injury, loss of life, damage to property, environment and loss of livelihood.
CBEWS Functions and Objectives
The real significance of CBEWS is community empowerment. The ability to monitor the factors that turn a hazard (the actual event) into a disaster (the worst-case result of the event) can help save lives and livelihoods of populations that are at risk. CBEWS provides communities,
The system suggests that people of a community can be capable and it empowers them to protect and prepare themselves and make them resilient against the disastrous effects. The communities are in the best position to undertake preparedness measures against disasters.
The CBEWS ensures that individuals and communities have knowledge about what is threatening them and are capable to communicate a change in
Essentials of Community-Based Early Warning Systems
A community based early warning system must be reliable function effectively and must address the needs of all members of the community.