IRRC No. 260

The role and characteristics of an emergency mission

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Governed as it is by the very nature of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, an emergency mission is more than a mere effort to restore essential services. Although it is undoubtedly best characterized by the relief activities set in motion during the acute phase, its full scope cannot be measured without taking into account the preparatory and subsequent rehabilitation and development phases.Such a mission thus consists invariably of three stages: preliminary, in situ and follow-up.

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