New Red Cross and Land Rover Short Films Show the Future of Emergency Response is Local

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Land Rover will today premiere the first of a series of short films showing how local teams are the future of emergency response efforts.

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Land Rover will today premiere the first of a series of short films showing how local teams are the future of emergency response efforts.

The first-of-its-kind four-part series, On the ground: Humanitarians in Action, uses GoPro cameras to capture Red Cross volunteers and local teams helping vulnerable communities around the world in a year of huge challenges. IFRC staff and volunteers used Land Rover vehicles to reach people on three continents – the latest example of a long-running humanitarian partnership.

Each film captures life-changing moments of humanity and crisis, from the streets of Italy, where homeless people are more vulnerable than ever, to the communities still rebuilding their lives after the devastating Australian bushfires in 2020. Local teams also teach life-saving skills to people in remote Mexican communities and support those hit hardest by coronavirus in the UK.

The IFRC’s Facebook Live page today hosts an exclusive premiere of the films, along with a panel discussion titled ‘The future of crisis response is local: how communities stepped up to the pandemic’.

Coronavirus lockdowns, travel bans and other major disruption created a huge need for rapid, effective help. Local medical personnel, health workers and community volunteers all provided care, treatment and support. Recent findings from the IFRC include:

  • Before the pandemic National Societies reached 1 in 79 people globally. This is now 1 in 12
  • Almost 14 million local volunteers now support their national Red Cross or Red Crescent society, with hundreds of thousands joining since the start of the pandemic
  • 79.5 million people received food and benefited from water and sanitation programmes and other support
  • 9.7 million people were tested for Covid-19 and 4 million people in isolation received support
  • Red Cross and Red Crescent Society volunteers and staff vaccinated nearly 100,000 people in remote and hard-to-reach places
  • Land Rover has enabled the Red Cross to reach isolated and vulnerable communities, with 267 vehicles loaned to national societies
  • These vehicles have covered over 500,000 miles (804,672km) to reach people in crisis to help them respond and recover
  • Over 12 months Land Rover has supported 13 UK and international emergency responses through the British Red Cross’s Disaster Relief Alliance

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