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a) Personnel from National Societies, such as health, logistics,water specialists, managers and relief workers, being transported into theaffected area.b) Relief goods, such as food, clothing, blankets, tents, tarpaulinsand medical facilities, are bought locally, or shipped in, depending on thecircumstances and availability.c) If required, a National Society might organise extra managerial,technical and administrative help for its emergency response units.d) Finally, “capacity building” programs may be established incooperation with the Federation, the local National Society and other NationalSocieties in bi-lateral arrangements to enable National Societies andcommunities to recover in a long term sense improve their ability to prepareand respond to future disasters.
Providing the Response
Initially in responding to disasters, the main aim of the Red Cross emergencyresponse is to organise and provide victims with adequate access to basic lifesupport needs. These needs include first aid, advanced medical assistance, safewater and sanitation, food, and shelter. Other services may include psychologicalsupport and tracing missing family members.To carry out its work, Red Cross co-ordinates the efforts of governmentauthorities and other aid organisations. These agencies continue to work in acoordinated way until the serious threat to life and health has decreased. Or untilappropriate coping mechanisms have been established.
The Australian Red Cross’ response to disasters
Emergency relief Australian Red Cross reacts to international emergencies by providingpersonnel, financial support and other assistance in response to requestsfrom the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), theInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(Federation) and National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, inparticular from the Asia Pacific region.Development ProgramsAustralian Red Cross continues to provide assistance after the immediateemergency response by providing field personnel or other programactivities to support the Federation with its work in disaster preparedness,disaster relief and development. In addition,Australian Red Cross supports the work of other RedCross or Red Crescent Societies within their owncountries.
above: Australian Red CrossFACT team member DavidOverlack in Sri Lanka.Federation/T Mayer.
Overseas Aid Workers
Australian Red Cross Aid Workers have a variety of professional backgrounds and are recruited to workinternationally with the ICRC, the Federation and onAustralian Red Cross projects. Aid workers generallywork in the areas of health, logistics, water andsanitation, project management, HIV/AIDS, disasterpreparedness/management and organisational development