Danish Red Cross

Disaster Response 

Every year, millions of people are affected by conflicts or disasters, often exacerbating already existing vulnerabilities. Humanitarian needs are growing, and more than 325 million people are estimated to need humanitarian assistance. However, the growth in international humanitarian assistance has stalled, and the increasing funding gap underscores the importance of delivering humanitarian support efficiently. 

How we work with disaster response

Preparedness, early warning systems, anticipatory action, and a readiness to respond all play a vital role in reducing the impact of disasters and crises. Our main priorities in disaster and crisis response are saving lives, reducing suffering, and upholding human dignity. We provide assistance to people affected by disasters and crises using the modality that is most efficient, relevant, and timely in each particular situation. The primary consideration is the humanitarian needs of the affected population.

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Our aims are to: 

  • Provide relevant, efficient, and timely responses to disasters and crises globally, particularly in countries where we have a long-term strategic engagement 
  • Be recognised as a reliable, agile, and flexible partner within disaster and crisis response and anticipatory action
  • Be a leading partner to IFRC and ICRC regarding disaster and crisis response and operational management  
  • Maintain strong Emergency Response Units (ERU) with a high readiness level, so that qualified and experienced delegates can be deployed
  • Ensure active and deployable rosters of qualified and experienced technical experts within our key thematic areas