GLIDE n° TC-2010-000192-JAM
02 June 2011
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: 150,644 Swiss francs were allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 11 October 2010 to support the Jamaica Red Cross (JRC) in delivering assistance to 500 families (approximately 2,500 persons) affected by Tropical Storm Nicole.
As part of their response, the JRC distributed 500 food parcels and other relief items to reduce the impact of the storm in the parishes of Trelawny, Westmoreland, Kingston and Saint Andrew, Saint Katherine, Saint James, Hanover and Saint Elizabeth. Furthermore, the affected families residing in the collective centre of Sandy Park participated in both a collective and individual session of psychosocial support.
As the needs in some of the isolated communities evolved differently than predicted, various relief items were distributed in larger quantities than originally planned, while others were distributed in lower numbers according to the identified needs, with the difference now pre-positioned in a warehouse in preparation for the upcoming hurricane season.
The operation is now closed, with a final balance of 30,130 Swiss francs unspent and returned to the DREF.
ECHO contributed 70,000 Euro to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation. 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