On August 28 – Sep 3, 2017, the World Bank Ready2Respond (R2R) Community of Practice (CoP), City Resilience Program (CRP), Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), and the World Bank Disaster Risk Management Hub in Tokyo, in collaboration with CITYNET Yokohama, convened clients and TTLs from 5 countries together with experts from Japan and Canada for a Technical Knowledge Exchange (TKX) on Emergency Preparedness and Response in Tokyo and Yokohama. The week-long innovative learning exchange was structured around key practical themes:
(i) learning about disaster preparedness and response systems at national and local levels in Japan to improve crisis management systems of selected client countries;
(ii) enhancing the understanding on risk communications and public awareness activities (such as evacuation drills) on disaster preparedness and response for potential replication in the client countries; and
(iii) observing and learning from urban/community planning initiatives focusing on disaster risk reduction and preparedness in Yokohama, Japan.