Disaster and crisis management

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

Disaster Management can be defined as the organization and management of resources and responsibilities for dealing with all humanitarian aspects of emergencies.

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 activities embedded with risk reduction measures can prevent disaster situations and also result in saving maximum lives and livelihoods during any disaster situation.

Responding to disasters

The Red Cross and Red Crescent aims to respond to disasters as rapidly and effectively as possible, by mobilizing its resources and using its network in a coordinated manner.

From crisis to recovery

Recovery refers to those programmes which go beyond the 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.

Green response

During disasters, the immediate imperative for the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement is to save lives, reduce suffering, damage and losses, and to protect, comfort and support affected people. Whilst life-saving interventions must always remain the priority aim of any emergency response operation, the Movement recognizes that it must take action to minimize its adverse impacts on the surrounding environment and eco-systems.

Latest appeals

23 July 2021
Indonesia - Earthquakes and Tsunamis (MDRID013)
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19 July 2021
Tigray Crisis - Population Movement (MDRTIGRAY)
East Africa country cluster - Operations Update
19 July 2021
Palau - Typhoon Surigae (MDRPW001)
Palau - DREF Ops Update 1
19 July 2021
Europe - Humanitarian Service Point @ Sea (MDR65005)
Hungary - Emergency Appeal