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International aid during disasters & crisis

Helping people in other countries survive in the toughest of times.

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.

How we help

We help people internationally 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.