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Emergency response

Whether in the UK or overseas, we respond to hundreds of disasters every year. From floods and fires to terrorist attacks, we're among the first to arrive, and we stay long after the crisis is over.

Current emergency appeals

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Find out how you can help us support disaster survivors.

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Support in UK emergencies

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When emergencies occur, the Red Cross supports the police, ambulance and fire services, local and health authorities and utility companies.

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International emergency response

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Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers are usually the first to respond to disasters around the world. Find out why.

How we work overseas >

Recovering from disasters

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We are working in several countries to help communities recover from devastating disasters.

More on our recovery work >

Support in emergencies volunteering

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Our trained volunteers have a special role to play in supporting the emergency services.

Volunteer with emergency response >

Read about the disasters we've raised money for in the past, and find out how we've made a difference to millions of people, thanks to the public's support.

This fund provides financial assistance to Britons who have been seriously injured or bereaved by terrorism abroad. Find out who's eligible and what the fund provides.

A little bit of knowledge can go a long way. Learn what to do in a flood, fire, terrorist incident or other unexpected emergency.

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Emergency response news

A British Red Cross plan to rebuild homes, boost people’s health and incomes and repair schools in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan has been announced.

A global Red Cross leader has warned of "dire humanitarian consequences" if greenhouse gas emissions are not cut drastically and soon.

New statistics suggest millions of people affected by Typhoon Haiyan are unable to go home, months after the disaster.

Disaster Fund

Help the Red Cross prepare for disasters. Your donation will be used in the UK or overseas.

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