The Sarvodaya Report on six months of post-tsunami activities is available at http://www.sarvodaya.org/wp-content/Tsunami6monthsreport.pdf.
‘One of the biggest lessons we learned from the Tsunami was how lacking Sri Lanka was in terms of an emergency warning system. The most tragic aspect of the events of 26th December 2004 was the needless loss of life.’ (p.73)
Prior to the 2004 Tsunami, Sarvodaya was an organization that focused its disaster-related work on recovery and relief. LIRNEasia’s disaster warning research in early 2005 (National Early Warning System: Sri Lanka (NEWS:SL), a participatory concept paper for the design of an effective all-hazard public warning system, version 2.1 warning system) has had a significant impact on Sarvodaya’s mandate, bringing to light the importance of preparedness and early warning in effective disaster management, resulting in Sarvodaya bringing these aspects under its ambit.