Disaster tools of the Red Cross

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The Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) is an essential part of Red Cross operations. This assessment is not only used in regions prone to natural disasters, but also for surveying health risks and abilities to cope.

Disaster preparedness and contingency planning helps to respond to disasters quickly and effectively.

Well-prepared National Societies (WPNS) is a self-assessment tool for disaster preparedness planning, helping national organisations to identify, prioritise and implement an action plan in order to improve their level of preparedness.

RDRT team members are experienced disaster response actors of their national organisation.

The Field Assessment Coordination Team (FACT) is one of the most essential global disaster relief tools of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Rapid response units of the Red Cross are sent to help victims of conflicts or natural disasters when help is needed quickly and the resources of the national organisation are not sufficient to respond to the crisis alone.