Social Emergency Response Volunteer Project

The Indian Red Cross Society, with the support of its partners (ICRC and IFRC), Embarked on a programme to develop a cadre of First Medical Responders (FMRs) at district level in the most disaster prone states of the country. The programme that was piloted in 2011 has now been extended to 18 most disaster prone States/ UTs of the country and is being implemented through the State/ UT branch of the Red Cross in identified districts as well as the state headquarters

As Maharashtra State has a profile of varied hazards e.g devastated natural as well as man-made disasters like Latur Earthquake Mumbai Flood, Cyclone Phyan and Naxalism. Considering the consequences of past disasters priority has to been given to prevention, mitigation and preparedness measures for which SERV programme was supported in Maharashtra State.

The programme seeks to impart a set of skills to RC volunteers and after a period of mentoring proposes to hand over the set to the district administration as a trained cadre for them to be utilized by the administration in the developmental programmes as well as during disasters under the district administration

The volunteers are trained in different aspects of disaster preparedness using the following modules developed by experts from IRCS, ICRC and IFRC

  • Introduction of RCRC Movement
  • Emergency first aid
  • Public health in emergencies
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene promotion
  • Psychosocial support
  • Restoring family links
  • Management of dead bodies
  • Crisis management
  • Planning monitoring, reporting & volunteer management

The selected district branches through the state Red Cross branch are also supported to conduct mock drills and outreach programmes among communities to make them more resilient. IRCS as an auxiliary to the Government supported the GoI initiative to achieve the objective of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan through community advocacy and acting as a knowledge resource for the people to link them with this programme through awareness and dissemination activities involving community stakeholders (Members of local Panchayat, Community Self Help Groups (SHG), ANM, ASHA, CHC, School teachers etc.).


Activities envisaged in the programme

4 Day Induction Training of Instructors

Three-day Induction training of Volunteers

Mock Drill

Outreach Activities

SERV Activities of Maharashtra State Branch from 2017 till date

Sr. no Activities Number of Activity Place Number of participants
1 Masters Trainers Training 1 Jalgaon 38
2 4 Day Induction Training of Instructors 1 Arvi 45
3 Three-day Induction training of Volunteers 1 Jalgaon 50
4 Mock Drill events 27 Mumbai , Ulhasnagar, Jalgaon Dhule 2900
5 Outreach Activities 15 Mumbai , Thane, Ulhasnagar, Jalgaon Dhule 4587