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Emergency response

  • When catastrophe hits, the IRC is often one of the first humanitarian aid organisations on the scene.

    When catastrophe hits, the IRC is often one of the first humanitarian aid organisations on the scene.
  • The IRC responds to natural disaster and conflict afflicted countries around the world.

    The IRC responds to natural disaster and conflict afflicted countries around the world.
  • Emergency Response Team members are always on standby to deploy to a crisis within 72 hours.

    Emergency Response Team members are always on standby to deploy to a crisis within 72 hours.
  • The IRC maintains an Emergency Team of specialists with expertise in key areas necessary to assess critical survival needs.

    The IRC maintains an Emergency Team of specialists with expertise in key areas necessary to assess critical survival needs.
  • The team includes coordinators, logisticians, doctors and water and sanitation experts.

    The team includes coordinators, logisticians, doctors and water and sanitation experts.
  • The IRC stays on after disaster strikes to help rebuild communities.

    The IRC stays on after disaster strikes to help rebuild communities.

In a moment, the outbreak of war or the threat of violence and persecution can turn lives upside down – driving millions from their homes, tearing apart families and destroying communities. When catastrophe hits, the International Rescue Committee is often one of the first humanitarian aid organisations on the scene – providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, restores dignity and jumpstarts recovery. Emergency response is one of the IRC’s globally-recognised strengths and this capacity has put us on the frontline in many of the worst crises in recent times – from violence-ravaged Darfur to the typhoon-devastated Philippines.

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