May 8 is World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day. On this day, Red Cross Societies and Red Cross International Organizations around the world are reminded of their cohesion, and their unifying commitment: to alleviate suffering help people when they need it the most. The vastness of this network has been evident during the on-going humanitarian response effort in Nepal.
The global Red Cross network has mounted an international response to provide emergency humanitarian assistance following the devastating 7.8 Magnitude earthquake that shook Nepal on the morning of April 25, 2015. The Nepal Red Cross is leading this effort because they have extensive experience in responding to natural disasters and play a leading role in the government’s contingency plan. Nepal Red Cross is skilled in providing first aid, search and rescue, blood to medical facilities in the capital and support to first responders.
More than 3,720 first aid volunteers have been deployed from around the world, and all affected districts have volunteers and staff in place. Nearly 22,000 tarps, 1,960 emergency relief supplies, 4,500 blankets and 231,200 aqua tabs have already been distributed to displaced families. The Red Cross has activated its logistics systems in Kuala Lumpur and Dubai to mobilize additional relief materials in the coming days. Field assessment teams have arrived in country, including an information management delegate deployed from the American Red Cross, and are doing assessments of the destruction. The American Red Cross has also donated an initial $5 million dollars and donors have raised an additional $8.8 million specifically for Nepal.
People who wish to support the victims of the Nepal Earthquake can visit http://www.Redcross.org/donate and select the donate option for Nepal Earthquake Relief. People can also call 1-800-REDCROSS or contact the local Red Cross Nevada Regional HQ at (702) 791-3311. People can support our response to disasters big and small at home and around the world by texting REDCROSS to 90999. To donate specifically to those impacted by Nepal, text NEPAL to 90999.