Humanitarian Aid Work & Development Programs
More than 600 coral atolls and volcanic islands make up the Federated States of Micronesia. Bordering the Pacific typhoon belt, FSM is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters such as landslides, flooding and tidal surges. While extreme poverty and hunger are not huge issues, like other Pacific inhabitants, Micronesians have poor access to social services, and many live without running water or electricity.
We work with Micronesia Red Cross Society to deliver the Pacific Disaster Management Program, which helps communities to prepare for natural disasters, and other humanitarian aid and development programs.
Responding to disasters together
To help communities prepare for and respond to disasters, Federated States of Micronesia Red Cross and Australian Red Cross joined together in the Pacific Disaster Management Partnership in 2009. We work with Federated States of Micronesia Red Cross to train staff, make sure relief supplies are well stocked, establish links with community-based health and first aid programs and prepare for disasters (taking climate change into account). The partnership is part of Australian Red Cross's long-term support for disaster management in the Pacific.