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Disaster Management Unit
Disaster Management Unit, an operational system to face disasters

The Lebanese Red Cross is a National Society working on the immediate response to save the most vulnerable and needy during disasters, crises, emergencies, and security incidents, as well as the preparation and readiness to limit risks.

What LRC recently faced forced it to show great interest in the subject of facing disasters through preparedness, during and after disasters programs, and it is working in the area of disaster response and urbanization, in order to reduce the risks through direct intervention. This came in accordance with the aspirations of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, particularly in the area of natural disasters, since 2002.

In the light of the repercussions of the 2011 Syrian crisis, the exodus of nearly 1.5 million Syrian refugees to Lebanon, and the urgent need to support and help them overcome the tragedy, the Disaster Management Unit was activated. A central administration, in addition to 13 working groups, were formed to follow up with managing the relief activities and to coordinate cooperation with donors through programs and projects, as well as with the branches of the society and its departments.

The work focused on providing relief to the Syrian refugees, supporting the local community through the distribution of food and non-food items, and implementing relevant programs to improve their living conditions. The most prominent tasks and services provided by the Disaster Management Unit are: Relief, Disaster Risk reduction (DRR),Restoring Family Links, Disaster Response, WASH, Cash Transfer Program(CTP), and the Psychological Support Program.
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