Cruz Roja Chilena
Headquartered in Santiago, the Chilean Red Cross (Cruz Roja Chilena) was established in 1903. It seeks to fulfill the humanitarian values of the International Red Cross Federation. Active in Chile for more than a century, it focuses predominantly on three areas: disaster response, disaster management and health. The organization has 12 regional centers and 154 branches across the country.
The Red Cross aims to respond to disasters as quickly and efficiently as possible, through the mobilization of resources (people, money and other assets) and the coordinated use of its network.
The main objectives of disaster response are to avoid immediate danger and stabilize the physical and emotional state of the survivors. At the same time, they work on the restoration of essential services like water and electricity. Activities are divided into a search and rescue phase immediately after the disaster, followed by a medium-term phase devoted to stabilizing the physical and emotional state of the survivors.
PREPARING FOR DISASTER
Natural disasters happen all too often in Chile. Thus, the Red Cross undertakes activities to prepare citizens to deal with such situations. This means implementing measures to reduce the effects of the tragedy. That is, predict disasters as early as possible, mitigate their effects on vulnerable populations and respond to the consequences.
This task provides an opportunity to devise effective planning and coordination, reduce duplication and increase the overall effectiveness of how communities prepare for disaster. Disaster preparedness activities integrated into risk reduction measures can help prevent disaster and save as many lives and livelihoods during a disaster, enabling the affected population to resume a normal life in a short period of time.
Health is a critical component of development, a fundamental right and the core of humanitarian assistance. Therefore, Red Cross works to create conditions that allow communities to ensure the welfare of its members. Similarly, they offer people the knowledge and means to facilitate and support processes that reduce the vulnerability of communities.
And when the health system succumbs to a natural disaster, such as that which struck our country on February 27, Red Cross intervenes to safeguard public health.See more