The role of the Emergency Services Section is to ensure that the Jamaica Red Cross is in a constant state of preparedness for timely response to emergency situations and disasters.  It co-ordinates Disaster Risk Management Programmes in collaboration with the Emergency Services Section Council as well as other relevant external agencies.   It develops and coordinates training for Emergency Preparedness and Relief Personnel at National, Branch and  Community levels by mobilizing volunteers.

The Emergency Services Section maintains good working relations with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management as well as other Emergency Response Agencies and Donors.

Key Programs and Responsibilities

  • Community-Based Disaster Risk Management Programme
  • Vulnerability and Capacity Assessments
  • First Aid
  • Micro-Mitigation Projects
  • Shelter Management
  • Psychosocial Support Programme
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Restoring Family Links
  • Safer Access
  • Damage Assessments
  • Relief Distributions
  • Livelihood Security
  • “Safer House” reinforcement Programme
  • Reconstruction of Houses