The Red Cross Round-up

The Round-up offers a weekly sample of what our sister Red Cross Societies are working on around the world.

CUBA: By the time Tropical Storm Isaac made landfall in Cuba on August 25, communities were already prepared to safely face the effects caused by the storm. In its auxiliary role to governments, the Cuban Red Cross had activated more than 1,800 volunteers to the western provinces through which the storm was predicted to pass. Operations and Rescue teams, ranging from community-based to specialized staff in all the provinces had been prepared, working together with the fire department to visit a number of communities vulnerable to storm surges and strong rains, in order to carry out possible rescue activities if needed.

SOMALIA: Somalis have continued to suffer the consequences of major food insecurity and conflict over the first half of 2012. Despite the difficult situation, the ICRC has delivered food to 1.4 million people in the country since the beginning of the year.

GLOSSARY:

IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross

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