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Preparedness, response and epidemic recovery are processes that involve not only National Societies and their volunteers; integration and coordination with broader members of society, national health authorities and other relevant organisations are critical. Epidemics are complex, and specific to the disease, location and affected population. The measures to prevent and control epidemics also needs to be specific, as well as evidence-based and driven by both epidemiological data and information coming from communities. Managers responsible for epidemic preparedness, response and recovery should use these materials as guidance, adapting them to the specific situation and context.