A disaster-emergency condition (natural or man-made) intervention generates extensive damage and destruction to life and/or property; extensive social and physical disruption and overwhelms the resources of affected communities to provide a timely and effective response. Consequently, during emergencies, KRCS will seek to alleviate threats to life, pain, distress, anxiety and destruction to the environment. The DM will give appropriate guidelines for coordination and response to all types of emergencies.
The Society’s’ Regional and Branch offices will implement hazard specific plans and train relevant personnel on skills requisite to respond. The DM will specifically strengthen disaster operations, emergency health / WatSan, search and rescue / Emergency Operations Centre and tracing, through deployment of adequate personnel and establishment of surge capacity for immediate support as may be required. The Key focus area for 2012 will be contingency planning for the general elections, floods, road trafiic crashes, internal and crossboarder conflicts, especially along the Somali- Kenya border.
Kenya Red Cross Society was appointed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to provide camp management for a new refugee camp (IFO2) located in Daadab, Garissa. This was necessitated by the huge influx of refugees into Kenya as a result of famine and conflict, which have been exacerbated by a shrinking humanitarian space, and lack of access to offer the necessary support to the affected population by humanitarian agencies.
The operation will focus on providing support to currently estimated 60,000. Somali refugees in IFO2 West in the sectors of Camp Management, Water and Sanitation, Health and Nutrition, Shelter, Education, Warehousing, Relief (Food and Non-Food) and Support to the host community. KRCS with support from IFRC and PNSs will set up ERUs, and deploy adequate manpower to support in the refugee operations.