We are engaged in activities aimed at preparing communities to ensure reduced impacts from hazards when they strike, training and equipping them to optimally respond to emergencies and to recover in the shortest possible time when impacted. The JRC also provides the critical bridging role of connecting local communities with relevant government agencies and other partners to strengthen their risk reduction and resilience-building efforts. The Red Cross has become synonymous with service to local communities across Jamaica during emergencies and remains committed to supporting the people and Government of Jamaica in its auxiliary role to alleviate human suffering.
The Emergency Services Section is responsible for the development and implementation of JRC’s Disaster Risk Management Programme to ensure that the Jamaica Red Cross is in a constant state of readiness for timely responses to emergency situations and disasters.
The Section coordinates the Disaster Risk Management Programme in collaboration with the National Society’s National Emergency Services Section Council as well as other relevant external agencies. It develops and coordinates capacity building for emergency preparedness and relief personnel at the national, branch and community levels by mobilizing volunteers and resources.
The Emergency Services Section maintains a very close working relationship with Jamaica’s Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security as well as other Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies and other Emergency Response Agencies, Non-Government Organizations and Donors.