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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.

A natural disaster or an outbreak of war or violence can turn lives upside down in an instant, killing or driving millions of people from their homes and devastating communities. When catastrophe strikes, the International Rescue Committee delivers rapid, lifesaving aid that reduces suffering, restores dignity and jump starts economic 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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