Poverty and war. Flooding and drought. Earthquakes and environmental disasters. Billion people were affected by disasters in the past. The impact is high; leaving people traumatized by the death of family and friends, their lives devastated by the loss of homes, possessions and stocks of food. 

Disasters are becoming more complex, with increasingly long-term consequences as they strike countries with economic problems or political instability, and weaken already fragile public services such as health, water and sanitation. Recurrent crises, such as floods year after year, give people and their crops no time to recover. 

Disasters disproportionately affect the poor: over 90 per cent of the total of disaster-related deaths occur in developing countries, where the economic losses they cause hit far harder than in industrialized nations and can wipe out years of economic development. 

As a result, the impact of disasters has increased dramatically in the last few decades in terms of the number of people affected and the length of time they are affected for. This trend is expected to keep rising in coming years. 

Bringing emergency relief to refugees and victims of poverty and disasters has been a key activity of the Red Cross and its member Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies for the last several years. 

The emergency phase of a relief operation aims to provide life-saving assistance; shelter, water, food and basic health care are the immediate needs; along with a sense of humanity and a sign that someone cares. Subsequent needs include reconstruction and rehabilitation. These needs can continue for several years, particularly in the case of refugees and victims of socio-economic collapse. IRCS approaches to disaster response on these lines and works to improve the quality of humanitarian assistance provided to beneficiaries. 

  • During earthquake at Gujarat in the year 2001 mobilized Rs.1.00 crore in terms of relief material to the victims of Earthquake.
  • Indian Red Cross Society, Karnataka State Branch was awarded Gold Medal from Indian Red Cross Society, National Head quarters,New Delhi
  • During Tsunami in 2004, provided Rs. 65.00 worth relief materials to Tamilnadu, Andrapradesh and Andaman & Nicobar.
  • Deputed teams of Doctors, to attend the victims of Disaster and also to prevent epidemic diseases.
  • Deputed 250 volunteers of Bharat Seva Dal to Tamilnadu and Andaman & Nicobar to assist in relief work.
  • Mobilized Rs.3.7 Crores – provided 15 lakhs to Sri Lanka, Rs.57,31,756/- to Andra Pradesh, Rs.5 lakhs to Kerala 2,85,47,650/- to Tamilnadu towards Relief projects for Tsunami victims.
  • During Earthquake at Jammu & Kashmir Indian Red Cross Society, Karnataka State Branch Sent Rs.1,15,000/- in terms of Cash and 190 Tents to Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Rs.3,50,000/- was sent to Bagalkote, Belgaum, Gulbarga towards flood relief.

District Disaster Response Team Training Conducted in Various Districts and Taluks During 2012-13

SI.
No.
Name of
the
District
Date of the
Training
Held
Number of
Participants
Trained
Resource
Persons for
the Training
  1. Belgaum 28th-29th
April 2012
         70 Dr. Kumar V.L.S.
Mr. Prabath M. Kalkura
Mr. Jayaprakash
  2. Bidar 14-15th
July 2012
          50 Dr. Kumar V.L.S.
Mr Prabath M. Kalkura
  3. Bagalkote 20th-21st
June 2012
          55 Mr. Prabath M. Kalkura Mr. Harshavardhan Shelly
  4 Chikkaballapura 3rd-4th
October 2012

55

Dr. Kumar V.L.S.
Mr. Prasana Kumar

5.

Davanagere

10th-11th
August 2012

60

Dr. Kumar V.L.S.

6.

Dharwad

17th-18th
Mardi 2013

60

Dr. Kumar V.L.S.
Mr. Prabhath M. Kalkura
Mr. Hiremut Belgaum
Mr. Kurkundi Fire Dept.

7.

D. K. Mangalore

4th-5th
August 2012

55

Dr. Kumar V.L.S.
Mr. Harshavardhan Sherry

8.

Gadag

20th .21
September 2012

55

Dr Kumar V.L.S.
Mr. Attullah Khan

9.

Gulburga

22nd-23rd
October 2012

50

Mr. Prasana Kumar
Mr Attullah Khan
Mr. V. Chinan

10.

Raichur

27th-28th
July 2012

55

Dr. Kumar V.L.S.
Mr. Prasana Kumar
  11 Shimoga

17th-18th
May 2012

50

Dr. Kumar V.L.S.
Mr. Prabath M. Kalkura
Mr Praveen
  12 Karwar

1st -2nd
September 2012

70

Dr. Kumar V.L.S.
  13 Hiriyur To Chitradurga District

1st-2nd
December 2012

63

Dr. Kumar V.L.S.
Mr. Prasanna Kumar
  14 Hosanagara Taluk, Shivamogga

District

141h-151h
September 2012

50

Dr. Kumar V.L.S.
  15 Sagar Taluk. Shivamogga District

22n0-23rd
August 2012

60

Dr. Kumar V.L.S.
Mr. Prabath M. Kalkura
Mr. Praveen