As the number and severity of disasters continues to increase, Red Cross must urgently scale up its capacity to respond. This means significant investment in our people and our emergency systems. Our goal is to create stronger, more resilient communities with increased capacity to anticipate, respond to and recover from crises. Together, we have a duty to be ready for each and every disaster-as well as the possibility of facing multiple events both at home and beyond our borders.
The immediate needs of the Disaster Relief and Recovery fund are for preparedness, relief and recovery across Australia. Every day at Australian Red Cross, we witness the human impacts of climate change. In particular, we see the detrimental health and social impacts brought on by more frequent and intense disasters and crises. Disasters, of all kinds, have wide-ranging, varied and complicated impacts that individuals, families and communities must cope with, often for many years.
Our Movement's mission is to prevent or reduce human suffering, wherever it is found. Australian Red Cross has decades of experience in caring for people affected by earthquakes, cyclones, floods, storms, fire, drought and other emergencies. The vast majority of our team are volunteers. The Disaster Relief and Recovery fund covers their costs, including training, equipment and transport as well as the coordination effort to ensure our teams are where the community needs them to be.
Dealing with an emergency can be stressful and exhausting. Recovering from a disaster is a complex process that may take months, even years to overcome. Red Cross is committed to supporting people on their disaster journey. We talk with people in emergency-affected communities to identify gaps in support and our volunteers work with communities in the days, months and sometimes years after an emergency.