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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 >

Emergency response UK

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Day or night, in an emergency you’ll be there to help when someone needs it most.

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.


Emergency response news

Fierce storms left thousands without power last week, and our emergency response teams have been working round the clock to help.

Ten years after it made a significant donation following the Boxing Day Tsunami, the UK’s biggest retailer has become the founding member of a new group.

As thousands hit the town for Christmas party season, our first aiders are stationed in city centres across the UK and ready to help.

Disaster Fund

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

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