Regional and international disaster response tools and systems


The International Federation has a variety of mechanisms or tools at its disposal to support disaster response. They are designed to ensure that assistance is delivered fast and efficiently to people affected by disasters through the provision of funding, experienced and trained human resources and appropriate emergency services.

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Red cross Red Crescent National Societies

Red cross Red Crescent National Societies

As a truly global organization, with National Societies in 186 countries and more than 97 million volunteers locally, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is very often the first to respond to any disaster, from the small to the large-scale. At any level of response, whether it is local, national or international, the effective coordination of available human, financial and in-kind resources...

Regional Disaster Response Units

Following a pilot project in the Americas region , the International Federation is in the process of developing disaster management units that will provide operational support and services in disaster response and disaster response preparedness to National Societies in the different regions. The 35 Red Cross National Societies of the Americas have long experience in disaster response, but vary...

Regional Disaster Response Teams

Regional Disaster Response Teams (RDRT) or Regional Intervention Teams (RIT)

Regional Disaster Response Teams (RDRT) are a cost-effective regional disaster response support system that is entirely staffed by members of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies . The aim of RDRTs is to actively promote building of regional capacities in disaster management. An RDRT team is composed of National Red Cross or Red Crescent Society volunteers or staff , usually members of...

Emergency Response Units (ERUs)

Emergency Response Units (ERUs)

Emergency Response Units (ERUs) are teams of trained technical specialists who use pre-packed sets of standardized equipment in immediate disaster response.

Field Assessment Coordination Teams (FACT)

Field Assessment Coordination Teams (FACT)

Field Assessment Coordination Teams (FACT) are a vital part of the IFRC’s global emergency response tools. They are made up of experienced Red Cross Red Crescent disaster managers who support National Societies and IFRC field offices to respond effectivel

Information management

Information management in disasters

Effective information management for disasters is a vital component of international disaster response and relief.

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