This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of CHF 7,6 million, reflecting a budget increase from CHF 6,9 million. An additional funding requirement of CHF 137,000 and a three-month timeframe extension will enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Dominica Red Cross Society (DRCS) to implement disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities for communities targeted by other activities in the areas of: Shelter, livelihoods and basic needs; health; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH); National Society development that have been already concluded. There is an increase of the target number of people to 20,000 to reach people outside the scope of other implemented activities. The revised plan updates key outputs and activities required by the response. Detailed Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) will be release soon.
The disaster and the Red Cross Red Crescent response to date
18 September 2017: Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Dominica at 9:15 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) as a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 250 kilometres per hour, causing severe damage and cutting off communication with the island.
19-21 September 2017: IFRC Surge Capacity deployed consisting of a Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT), a Regional Disaster Response Teams (RDRT) and an IFRC Emergency Response Unit (ERU).
22 September 2017: 239,232 Swiss francs allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF); Emergency Appeal launched for 1.6 million Swiss francs for 12 months.
09 October 2017: The IFRC issues revised Emergency Appeal n°1 seeking 5,513,789 Swiss francs to assist 15,000 people (5,000 families) for 12 months.
26 October 2017: The IFRC issues Operations Update n° 2 with a revised budget of 5,749,087 Swiss francs
27 March 2018: The IFRC issues revised Emergency Appeal n° 2 seeking 6.9 million Swiss francs to assist 15,000 people (5,000 families) for 15 months (an additional 3 months)
07 December 2018: The IFRC issues Operations Update n° 3, extending the operation to 18 months (an additional 3 months)
19 February 2019: The IFRC issues revised Emergency Appeal n° 3 seeking 7,6 million Swiss francs to assist 20,000 people for 21 months (an additional 3 months) to strengthen DRR.