The International Federation's 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: 331,705 Swiss francs (319,632 US dollars or 219,302 Euros) were allocated on 15 September 2009 from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Mexican Red Cross (MRC) in delivering immediate assistance to some 3,000 families.
On 22 September 2009, the budget was revised downwards to 193,476 Swiss francs, due to a bilateral contribution from the American Red Cross to the Mexican Red Cross consisting of 3,000 kitchen kits and 1,840 hygiene kits.
The MRC achieved its objective of providing 3,000 of the most affected families in Baja California Sur with asistance and the operation was completed on time.
The Canadian Red Cross generously contributed 48,314 Swiss francs (50,000 Canadian dollars) to replenish the DREF for this operation. The major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian governments and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO). Details of all donors can be found on: http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp