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International emergency response

Sudanese Red Crescent volunteer hands out relief items© InfoThere are few humanitarian organisations that respond as quickly to disasters as the Red Cross. Since our volunteers and staff are recruited locally, we are usually the first organisation at the scene.

In 2011 we responded to famine, conflicts, flooding and earthquakes across the world, including east Africa, Pakistan, the Libya region and the Ivory Coast.

To prepare for such disasters, our emergency response units are on-call 24/7, ready to deploy anywhere in the world to distribute relief items, and provide water and sanitation facilities.
Every day, our skilled volunteers respond in the same way to other emergencies – whether they are providing emotional and practical support to victims following a train crash or rushing injured people to hospital after a flood. And we continue to stay long after the emergency is over, working with communities to rebuild their lives and help them to prepare better for future crises.

How you can help

Nobody can predict the exact location of the next drought, earthquake, or violent conflict. But when they happen, the British Red Cross must be ready to act within hours not days.

By supporting our Disaster Fund, your money will be used as soon as it is needed, anywhere in the world. You can help us be ready in advance. You can help save lives the next time disaster strikes.

Find out more about our international emergency response units

Read about our current emergencies

Find out how we prepare for disasters

Latest international disaster news

The approaching rainy season in South Sudan could compound an already vast humanitarian crisis.

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 British Red Cross health worker has flown to Liberia to support Ebola virus prevention.

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.

Three years since the Syria conflict began, a new British Red Cross appeal is helping people cope with the psychological impact of the crisis.


Disaster Fund

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

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