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Disasters and crises


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.


Syria Crisis (appeal open)

Five years is too long. Help Syria's families survive and cope.




Cyclone Winston (Fiji)

"Devastation is the only word for what happened here."




Nepal earthquake

A disaster so huge that life can never be the same.




Cyclone Pam (Vanuatu)

Rebuilding after Vanuatu's worst cyclone.




Ebola outbreak (West Africa)

The fight against a deadly epidemic.




Typhoon Haiyan (Philippines)

New homes, new livelihoods



Every donation to our disaster relief and recovery work means we can be there for people in crisis, in Australia and overseas.

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.

10 Oct 16 In the wake of Hurricane Matthew
6 Oct 16 Aid deliveries resume in Syria 
24 Aug 16 Nepal's long road to recovery

Our How Aid Works podcast offers rare and raw insights from aid workers.



Images: Ibrahim Malla, Navneet Narayan, Palani Mohan, Vanuatu Red Cross, Victor Lacken, Noel Celis