Summary: 20,000 Swiss francs were allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 27 September 2010 to support the Central American Red Cross Societies to prepare for and carry out needs assessments in the wake of Tropical Storm Matthew.
With the support of the DREF, Regional Intervention Teams members were deployed to Nicaragua and Honduras to assist the National Societies. In addition, the DREF was used to cover the damage and needs assessments in El Salvador and the travel costs of two delegates from the IFRC’s Pan American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU) to the memorial ceremony for the volunteers that passed away during the response operation in Nicaragua.
The DREF allocation also covered fuel, volunteer mobilization and meals, communications costs. This report is final in terms of narrative and financials. The operation is now closed, with a final balance of 1,683 Swiss francs unspent and returned to the DREF.
The major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian governments and ECHO. Details of all donors can be found on: http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp