Tropical cyclone Vania DREF operation n° MDRVU001 Final Report

Evaluation and Lessons Learned
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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 IFRC 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 IFRC’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.

Period covered: 6 February to 13 April 2011

DREF history:
CHF 90,322 was initially allocated on 6 Feb 2011 from the IFRC’s DREF to support the National Society to respond to the needs of 2,500 households.

This Disaster Relief Emergency Fund’s (DREF) plan of action was later revised. The changes were as follows:

• Provision of relief supplies as goods in kind bilaterally from Australian Red Cross, including international air freight.

• Provision of local freight for transport by Vanuatu National Disaster Management Organization (NDMO).

• Less than expected number of volunteer days required for assessments and distribution.

• Assessment data confirmed water sources were fit for human consumption, thereby removing the requirement for water treatment.

• Increase in the number of households targeted by Vanuatu Red Cross Society (VRCS) from 2,500 to 2,906.