The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.
Disaster Reduction Goal
We will make people and communities more resilient by helping them anticipate, face and recover from emergencies.
British Red Cross Corporate Strategy 2010-15
Policies and Programmes in DRR
Long term programme partnerships with Liberia, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Kenya, Nepal, Bangladesh National Societies, as well as with six UK Overseas Territories, that include significant risk reduction components, covering issues related to disasters and emergencies, as well as day-to-day shocks and stresses.
Shorter term emergency response and recovery work at the global level as required, incorporating different elements of risk reduction work, including, risk monitoring, risk analysis and emergency preparedness measuures.
Membership in Key Networks
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Disaster Preparedness and Risk Reduction Working Group.
Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening (HFA 1)
Development of British Red Cross DRR Position Paper in 2009.
Integration of DRR and health, water sanitation and hygiene advisory support from 2010 onwards within the International Division of British Red Cross.
Development of an organisational resilience approach from 2012 onwards.
Support to partners around engagement with national level platforms, and support to vulnerabile communities to ensure they are better linked to local decision makers.
Risk assessment and early warning systems (HFA 2)
Support to partners delivering DRR programmes to strengthen their own institutional risk monitoring processes.
Promotion of risk informed approaches across the DM cycle, particularly through British Red Cross supported recovery programming.
Education, information and public awareness (HFA 3)
Speciifc targeted programmes on peer disaster risk reduction education including in 2 districts of Southern Bangladesh, and public awareness campaign on earthquake risk in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal, as part of the Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium.
Reducing underlying risk factors (HFA 4)
Focus on supporting partners risk analysis skills in all programmes, as well as ensuring that broader needs and vulnerabilities are considered in programme design.
Preparedness for effective response (HFA 5)
Capacity building of partner National Societies in Syria, Nepal, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Liberia, plus six UK Overseas Territories, to support them to be better prepared for effective response.
Additional support to International Federation Appeals, Regional Disaster Response Structures and emergency capacity in logistics, mass sanitation and household economic security.
Domestic preparedness activities in the UK in line with our auxiliary to government role.
Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)
Maria Clara Attridge (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Robert Roots (email@example.com)