IOM supports States in their preparedness efforts to reduce expected impacts and enable an effective operational response to future crises, particularly in contexts with political uncertainty, disaster-prone environments, areas increasingly impacted by climate change and those with disease outbreaks, among others.  

IOM’s preparedness activities aim to build the capacities and improve the ability of missions and key stakeholders – such as governments, response organizations or communities – to anticipate and effectively respond to the impact of likely, imminent or current hazards, events or conditions.  

This includes a range of activities such as strengthening internal and inter-agency preparedness, developing the preparedness capacities of government and non-governmental partners to improve humanitarian response, strengthening the capacities of various stakeholders to assist migrants in countries in crisis and enhancing the safety and security skills of staff members working in treacherous environments.