Helping people survive in the toughest of times
Photo: Syrian Arab Red Crescent
At any moment, in almost any crisis around the world, you'll find a Red Cross or Red Crescent team on the frontlines helping people.
Our goal is to save lives and alleviate suffering. This means preparing for a crisis before it hits, responding quickly and effectively and staying to help people rebuild and recover.
Your donations helped change lives in some of the world's worst crises.
Every donation to our disaster relief and recovery work means we can be there for people in crisis, in Australia and overseas.
How we help
We help people take practical steps to protect their lives and the things that are precious to them. We help communities to have a plan for disasters, and protect those who are most vulnerable.
When a disaster strikes, we work quickly with our partners to offer humanitarian aid. This could mean distributing relief supplies, organising emergency shelter, providing health care and first aid, reconnecting families and restoring safe water and sanitation facilities.
In a crisis, international aid arrives slowly. That's why it's vital to have local emergency response teams trained, equipped and ready to help as soon as possible. We always work with local Red Cross Red Crescent partners in our region and beyond.
Check out our resource centre for guidelines, tips and tools.
News from the field
31 May 16 Drought threatens 20k families in Timor-Leste
23 May 16 700,000 in need: Red Cross responds to Cyclone Roanu
27 Apr 16 Three earthquakes and a cyclone
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