chapter  16
14 Pages

Role of the international federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in disaster management

WithJean Pierre Revel

Disasters are milestones in humanity’s life, creating suffering and needs of various kinds. They offer unique opportunities to demonstrate the most caring behaviour when everything lies in ruins; it is perhaps no wonder that humanitarian organisations, born to meet those essential needs, grew as a result of these. Community participation and mobilisation, traditional in a number of National Societies, have proven remarkably useful and efficient when a disaster strikes. Various health related services are provided by Red Cross/Red Crescent volunteers in the immediate aftermath of an accident or a disaster. In disasters, family ties are frequently broken and this results in enormous stress on the family members, adding a psychological and sometimes a physical burden on to the victims. National disaster plans are activated in the case of an accident or disaster of large magnitude, requiring mobilisation of extra resources.