The first to provide assistance right after a disaster, are the local people. Thanks to more than 17 million volunteers and Red Cross/Red Crescent staff and supporters worldwide, emergency relief is usually available immediately.
In more severe disasters, the national society calls for additional support by sending a request to the International Federation of the 191 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The International Federation coordinates which relief efforts can be best provided by which national society. In war and armed conflict regions, the national society or the International Committee of the Red Cross takes on the task of coordinating the relief operations of the Movement.