Emergency Preparedness and Response
With an aim to enhance the capacity of the volunteers / communities to respond to emergencies in an effective manner, the Red Cross has been conducting disaster preparedness and response trainings in vulnerable districts and communities. This initiative has proved quite useful in saving precious lives.
First Aid is the hallmark of the Red Cross movement throughout the world. First Aid consists of simple and basic life saving techniques that can help in saving precious lives. It also develops the capacity of the individual to respond to medical emergencies within limited resources.
We have been actively involved in organising First Aid Trainings across the state.
Red Cross organises first aid trainings to various organisations. The trainings are imparted against training fee.
Providing the relief to the victims of manmade and natural disasters (like fire, floods, earth quakes etc) remains the key activity of the Red Cross. The basic aim of such assistance is to cater to the immediate needs of the victim.
As a regular feature, the Red Cross provides health care services. The regional branches also operate daily OPD services, basic diagnostic facilities and offer immunization and family health care services.
As part of the outreach activities, Red Cross organizes Health and Medical Camps in remote areas of the State.
Red Cross offers internship to university student or graduate who have left college or are looking for voluntary experience.
In order to raise the awareness about the Red Cross and its activities among the public, Red Cross conducts various dissemination sessions with diverse audiences (students, doctors, journalists, pharmacists etc). Such interactions are useful to raise the awareness about the appropriate use of Red Cross emblem as well.
Volunteers form the backbone of the Red Cross movement. Volunteers play a key role in assisting vulnerable people and in carrying out the Red Cross activities in accordance with the seven fundamental principles.
The staff and volunteers work together as a team and share the responsibilities. Therefore, motivation and mobilisation of new as well as old volunteers from time to time remains a core activity of the Red Cross.
Social and emergency Response Volunteer (SERV) Programme
The name and acronym For First Medical Responder (FMR) has now been changed to Social Emergency Volunteer (SERV).
The concept of SERV is premised upon the principles of community based disaster risk reduction. It recognize that;
• Communities understands their problems and opportunities than anyone else.
• Community is more interested to understand their problems than anyone else.
• Community is the key stakeholder for development of the country hence it has to participate for their own development.
• Local communities are capable of initiating and sustaining their own community development.
SERV Volunteers who are based in their own communities are key to this community based approach .the aim of developing SERV Volunteers is to reduce disasters risks and build resilient communities as envisaged in Sendai framework for action.To contribute to this aim, SERV Volunteers will;
1. Provide immediate relief to the disaster-affected communities before additional support from the government and other agencies arrives.
2. Reduce vulnerabilities of communities by training the communities on first-aid, hygiene promotion etc
3. Conduct vulnerability and capacity assessment of their own communities
4. Support any other identified social issues that contribute to the development of the development of the communities.
SERV project has been implemented in the most disasters prone states and districts across the country and is being expanded every year.
• Act as First Responders in times of emergencies
• Educate the community to make them more resilient to disasters to which the community is vulnerable.
• Bridge the gap between the community and the Government Programmes.