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Better communications means improved life-saving operations amidst civil unrest in Nicaragua

Since April, civil unrest has rocked Nicaragua. The Nicaraguan Red Cross is on the ground, providing assistance that is putting recent training to use. 

Three years after the earthquake, the Red Cross remains on the ground in Nepal

Three years after a massive earthquake hit Nepal, the Canadian Red Cross remains on the ground with a focus on improving health in communities that were impacted by the disaster. See their work in action. 

Reducing the impact of natural disasters in Southeast Asia

Debby Cote, Program Manager for Asia at the Canadian Red Cross took a moment to talk to us about the regional resilience initiative, and how the program is working to help build the resilience of partner Red Cross and Red Crescent societies. 

Putting training to the test during a complex response in Democratic Republic of Congo

This would be a challenging response, but it was also a response that the DRC Red Cross had been trained for as part of the Capacity Strengthening for Emergency Response in Africa initiative – now it was time to put their training into action. 

Reaching the most vulnerable includes recognizing gender and diversity when responding

The moments, days, and years following a disaster or emergency will be felt differently by each person who was affected. Some groups of people are more vulnerable to the impacts of these events than others – recognizing those unique vulnerabilities is an important part of preparing for, and responding to disasters and emergencies. The Canadian Red Cross is working with partner National Societies and the IFRC to help ensure the needs of the most vulnerable are met during times of emergencies and disasters.

Training helps Red Crosser Cliford Monfort help families in Haiti

In Haiti, Cliford Monfort has helped to respond to disasters including the 2010 earthquake, Hurricane Matthew in 2016, and most recently Hurricane Irma in 2017. 

What happens to women and girls during disasters?

Every year, earthquakes, fires, hurricanes, typhoons, drought, floods, and even volcanic eruptions can impact hundreds of thousands of people. In any disaster, no matter where in the world, it is important to remember that some people are going to be more vulnerable than others. And when a disaster hits, these vulnerabilities can lead to additional heartache and tragedy for those affected.
That’s why it’s important to consider these vulnerabilities before a disaster or emergency strikes. 

How building a stronger Ethiopian Red Cross is saving lives

Two years ago, Demissew Alemu joined the Ethiopian Red Cross. When flooding caused the overflow of the Awash River this year, Demissew was on the ground, ready to help. His preparedness for that moment came in part through training the Canadian Red Cross had provided to the Ethiopian Red Cross’s disaster management system. 

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