Disaster and crisis management

  • A Japanese Red Cross worker moves boxes of medicine from the health clinic at Automecca camp in Port-au-Prince to the Japanese-run clinic in Léogâne.
  • Mentawai/Indonesia. 9 November 2010. Beneficiaries in Eroparaboat sub-village, Malakopak village, North Pagai. This village is one affected areas in Mentawai Islands that hit by tsunami on 25 October 2010.

The world is changing fast, more people are becoming vulnerable to disasters or are forced to cope with acts of violence, financial crises and growing uncertainty, often without adequate support from their governments. With  new challenges to humanitarian coordination, concerns over standards and accountability, more capable states and National Societies exercising leadership over humanitarian response and presenting new opportunities to mobilize the collective resources of the IFRC in non-traditional ways, the IFRC must learn, adapt, innovate, and lead to ensure that we remain relevant and achieve greater impact with our humanitarian work.

Our response

We strive  to ensure that a well-functioning, relevant global disaster management system is in place to address the needs of vulnerable people affected by disasters and crises, by working as part of an effective global disaster management team to:

Provide leadership for the development of global disaster and crises management policies and programming approaches, with a focus on disseminating the Principles and Rules for RCRC Humanitarian Assistance, supporting the process of strengthening Movement coordination and cooperation.

Promote IFRC-wide tools and capacities for disaster and crises in the areas of response preparedness and contingency planning, disaster needs assessment, relief to recovery planning, the scaled-up use of cash in emergencies and global surge capacity systems.

Improve the timeliness and quality of Emergency Appeal and DREF-supported operations through Emergency Plans of Action and support to resource mobilisation efforts.

Measuring impact

Our added value and impact is measured through:

Feedback from National Societies and Federation Secretariat colleagues on the usefulness of global policies, technical assistance, global representation, information systems, tools and guidance developed through DCM.

Evaluations of major operations that assess the effectiveness and impact of our leadership and management support.

The successful deployment of global tools and staff, and their effectiveness and appropriateness for each operational context.

Quality and timeliness of Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) proposals and Emergency Appeals (EA).

Further information

About disaster management

About disaster management

The Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies , supported by the International Federation, work with communities to reduce risk, mitigate the effects of, prepare to respond, respond to and recover from disasters. Disaster Management can be defined as the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies, in particular...

About disasters

About disasters

A disaster is not a single event; it may have various causes and consequences, and so each disaster is unique.


Preparing for disasters

Disaster preparedness refers to measures taken to prepare for and reduce the effects of disasters. That is, to predict and, where possible, prevent disasters, mitigate their impact on vulnerable populations, and respond to and effectively cope with their consequences. Disaster preparedness provides a platform to design effective, realistic and coordinated planning , reduces duplication of effor...


Responding to disasters

Disasters impact on entire communities. The immediate effects include loss of life and damage to property and infrastructure, with the survivors (some of whom may have been injured in the disaster) traumatized by the experience, uncertain of the future and less able to provide for their own welfare, at least in the short term. More than likely, they are left without adequate shelter, food, wate...


From crisis to recovery

Recovery refers to those programmes which go beyond the provision of immediate relief to assist those who have suffered the full impact of a disaster to rebuild their homes, lives and services and to strengthen their capacity to cope with future disasters. Following a disaster, life-saving assistance is the most urgent need. The rapid provision of food, water, shelter and medical care is vital ...

Latest appeals

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Indonesia: Floods
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Croatia - Population Movement (MDRHR002)
Croatia - Emergency Appeal
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Turkey: Recent Developments of the Population Movement Response
Turkey - Information Bulletin No. 1
8 February 2016
Syria - Syria Complex Emergency (MDRSY003)
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