Disaster Reponse Red Cross Archive

An Irish Red Cross Report From the Camps in Greece_Christmas 2016

Joana Ramalho from our Irish Red Cross team recently traveled to Greece to report on the conditions in camps and the challenges facing the refugees and migrants who have been living in them for nearly a a year now. In this video she made in Kordelio camp near Thessaloniki, Joana shows us how people are living.

Needs remain huge in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew

Cayes, southern Haiti, October 6, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has struck Haiti. Immediate aftermath. Red Cross teams assess the situation with authorities and other organizations. Damage to houses, structures, flooded streets, people outside.

Cayes, southern Haiti, October 6, 2016. Hurricane Matthew has struck Haiti. Immediate aftermath. Red Cross teams assess the situation with authorities and other organizations. Damage to houses, structures, flooded streets, people outside.

“Our biggest concern right now is that the world will forget about this,” says Stephen McAndrew, head of emergency operations for the Red Cross Matthew response.

Donations needed for Irish Red Cross Migration Crisis Appeal

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When you donate to the Irish Red Cross Migration Crisis appeal, your donations buy items that are essential for survival.   These include: food, water, blankets, tents, hygiene kits, and first aid and health care supplies.   These are supplied to vulnerable and desperate people who are victims of the Mediteranean migration crisis and the […]

How does one send a window or a roof… or a mountainside?

digging in rubble after the devastating Nepal earthquake of 2015

By John Roche, Head of International Department at Irish Red Cross

Earthquakes bring to mind the ground shaking beneath one’s feet; the earth cracking and homes being damaged and destroyed. But in Sindupaulchowk,the destruction caused by last week’s earthquake in Nepal was of a different order; homes were simply swept from the earth, including the ground…

Five Reasons To Donate To Nepal Earthquake Appeal

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1.  The main need is for people to donate to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal. A disaster management plan has been in place for some time and the immediate need for supplies can be sourced locally so the main need is for money to buy supplies.   2.  The Kathmandu Valley – home to an estimated […]

Ebola Survivors Speak Of Their Hopes and Fears

Like Patricia, Masa, 29, is relieved to be leaving the centre and looks forward to seeing her family, but the loss of her child, who was admitted to the centre with her, makes her return bittersweet. “My mother and father are waiting for me, but it is difficult to go back without my baby,” Masa explains.

Masa is not the only survivor to return to her home without a loved one. Zaina Bangura, 38, also from Freetown, entered the treatment centre with four of her five children. Her husband had already died at home from Ebola. Zaina nursed him during his illness, as well as their children, despite becoming sick herself. As Zaina prepares to return home, she will do so alone. Her four children died while at the treatment centre.

Zaina looks to the future with much uncertainty, but is determined to care for her one remaining child. “I used to sell cooked rice, but now I have no money to buy rice because my husband used to give me money. I want to start up a new business, but maybe people will not buy from me.”

Typhoon Haiyan 1 Year on: “We all got to the roof and I remember standing there in gale-force winds”

Irma Cruz Roasa, a retired director of nursing, lives next to the beach in Tacloban. Here she recounts her experience of when Haiyan hit.

Irma Cruz Roasa, a retired director of nursing, lives next to the beach in Tacloban. Here she recounts her experience of when Haiyan hit.

Living next to the beach in south Tacloban for many decades, Irma Cruz Roasa, a retired director of nursing, is used to strong storms. Over her lifetime the city has been battered by bad weather. Despite this, she wasn’t prepared for what happened early on the morning of November 8 last year, when a large dredger washed up on the beach just two metres from her house.

Red Crossers in Ireland share their 3 tips in case of a disaster

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On International Day of Disaster Reduction, Red Crossers got together on Twitter to help increase awareness about the importance of being disaster prepared. They shared their own to do lists or items they would do or keep handy, should a disaster occur. Here are some of the Irish selfies with their lists.       […]

The Disaster Resilience Journal: 42 days of incredible resilience stories

The Irish Red Cross is proud to be a part of the Disaster Resilience Journal project. Improving awareness of communities around the world who are adapting in the face of climate change, disease, displacement and disasters. The Disaster Resilience Journal explores how our changing world, and its changing climate, affects our lives. Stories in the […]

Balkans Volunteer: Milan Mirkovic in Serbia

The solidarity shown during this time of crisis also impressed Mirkovic.”People in the Balkans are strong and resilient. We have a saying that if something does not kill you, it makes you stronger.”