The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.
Summary: On 9 April 2010, 20,000 Swiss francs were allocated from the IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to deploy the IFRC Regional Organizational Development Coordinator and a Regional Intervention Team (RIT) member to Brazil to support the Brazilian Red Cross (BRC) response to floods. Floods caused 256 deaths, 403 injured and damages to homes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
After the completion of damage and needs assessments, the Brazilian Red Cross drew up a plan of action to assist 3,000 families (approximately 15,000 people) with relief items. A second allocation of 162,240 Swiss francs was made available to support the National Society to respond to the needs of vulnerable families in the State of Rio de Janeiro. Thus, the total allocation for this operation was 182,240 Swiss francs.
Three thousand families (approximately 15,000 people) were reached through the distribution of relief items in 16 communities of the Sâo Gonçalo municipality. 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