A natural disaster strikes somewhere in the world, pictures of devastation and stricken people scroll across our news screens. It’s a natural instinct to want to help but you probably won’t call Ghostbusters! You probably will though call the Red Cross, and in some form and in some way we will be involved in providing assistance. Sounds simple doesn’t it? In fairness sometimes it is but more often than not it is anything but simple.
This post forms the first step on a journey as I seek to unravel some of the complexities and mysteries of disaster response for you. I’m the disaster relief manager for the British Red Cross and it is my job to coordinate our response to major international disasters, whether it’s flooding in Namibia, a hurricane in the Caribbean or people displaced in Pakistan. More