The development of the Early Action Protocol is the central activity and output of FbF. The EAP contains information on triggers, early actions and funding allocation, and describes the step-by-step process for the implementation of early actions once a trigger is hit. Similar to a Standard Operating Protocol (SOP), it defines clearly who takes action when, where, and with what funds.
The activation of the protocol is triggered when a forecast reaches a certain impact level that indicates there could be severe negative impacts. For the FbA by the DREF, the Early Action Protocol also serves as the document justifying the chosen triggers and early actions and thus contains analysis in this regard.
This chapter builds upon the previous guidance offered to Commit and Assess Feasibility, Engage Your Stakeholders in FbF, Make Your National Society FbF Ready. The steps and criteria as detailed in this chapter and its sub-chapters provide guidance for the development of EAPs for submission to the FbA by the DREF (see Approve and Finance). Core components to guide your EAP development process will be discussed in further detail in the sub-chapters to follow: