Field Assessment Coordination Teams (FACT)

Field Assessment Coordination Teams (FACT) are a vital part of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) 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 effectively to disasters.

FACT team members have technical expertise in relief, logistics, health, nutrition, public health and epidemiology, psychological support, water and sanitation, finance and administration, as well as language capabilities.

FACT is on standby and can be deployed anywhere in the world within 12-24 hours, for a period of 2 to 4 weeks.

Created in 2000, FACT ensures sufficient support to National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies during the emergency phase of a response operation, allowing operations to begin while longer-term support is mobilized. FACT works closely with Emergency Response Units (ERUs).

Morning tea and rising waters

During his FACT training in Australia, Benoit Carpentier visited Red Cross projects launched following floods in Queensland.

Training for disaster response in paradise

Coming in to land on the small island of Tarawa I saw what looked like a totally amazing Pacific paradise. That was from the air - not so much from the ground! Already tired from getting up at 2am for the flight from Nadi, the heat hit me first.