Costa Rica

Floods DREF operation n° MDRCR006 final report


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.


27,482 Swiss francs was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 5 November, 2010 to support the Costa Rican Red Cross (CRRC) to perform assessments in six of the seven provinces of the country: Guanacaste, Punta Arenas, Cartago, San Jose,
Alajuela and Heredia.

After continuous coordination with the Costa Rican National Emergency Commission (Comision Nacional de Emergencia—CNE), it was determined that the National Society should support the government by completing damage and needs assessments on the Southern Zone of the country (Puntarenas province). In this area, the CRRC identified 900 affected families (3,020 people) who later received food and nonfood relief items.

All activities were successfully carried out, and this report is final in terms of narrative and financials. The operation is now closed, with a final balance of 7,338 Swiss francs unspent and returned to DREF. The Canadian Red Cross contributed 5,000 Canadian dollars to DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation. The major donors to DREF are the Irish,
Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian governments and ECHO. Details of all donors can be found on