Aftermath Crisis Management System-of-systems Demonstration Phase I

The Turkish Red Crescent Society - TRCS (TR)

Description of organisation

Founded in 1868, the Turkish Red Crescent Society (hereinafter referred as TRCS) is among the oldest National Societies in the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement. She displayed enormous efforts to help wounded and sick Ottoman Soldiers during 1880s and 1890s. She also actively took very vital role during World War I by accomplishing the same mission especially in emergency medical services. After the establishment of Turkish Republic, she added the provision of mass feeding and sheltering services to its competences by broadening her mission due to the severe disasters Turkey faced in 1912, 1939, 1942. She continued her active international humanitarian missions by sending relief to the seriously affected countries during World War II. She engaged in one of the most comprehensive humanitarian relief operations in 1999 after the two earthquakes striking the south-western part of Turkey by providing shelter, non food items, food and medical services for thousands of victims affected.

After 1999, She launched a program renewing her organizational structure and capabilities. Many projects had been implemented within the decade following 1999 such as Disaster Management Project, Disaster Communication Project, Branch Development Project, First Aid Project. Furthermore ERICHA Project which was for having a capability to make Hazard Analysis to designate our disaster response operations had also been implemented. Our cooperation with PNSs had contributed to our skill to cooperate very much in between 2000 and 2004. After 2004 TRCS has launched two giant projects named Safe Blood Donation and Enterprise Resource Planning. Both projects are still a revolutionary milestone in TRCS in terms of the development of information management technologies in TRCS. Especially ERP has different integrated modules such as account management, budget management, asset management, stock management, donation management. Furthermore Disaster Management Software is on the way to be developed. TRCS has one of the most developed software for blood services as well.

Another aspect of development of TRCS is a great deal of effort to be displayed to become a development- oriented INGO. She has engaged in many capacity-building projects in Turkey and abroad as well. She has community-based disaster awareness projects meticulously implemented in Turkey. Her considerably successful reconstruction projects in Srilanka and Indonesia after the Tsunami were appreciated by Host National Societies and world public opinion. Disaster Management Capacity Building Project implemented in Pakistan, Education Support Project in Lebanon and Livelihood & water infrastructure Support project in Gaza Strip are other steps forward in this way.

Main tasks attributed

  • TRCS contributes to WP3 providing the end-user and Turkish view on legal framework analysis at international level
  • TRCS contributes to WP4 providing an end-user perspective on the threat analysis
  • TRCS contributes to WP5 for the identification of candidate crisis management solutions
  • TRCS contributes to contributes to non-European dissemination activities in WP7

Previous experience relevant to the tasks

The Turkish Red Crescent participates in the disaster response and emergency relief assistance activities of the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the National Societies that are part of this federation. It sends teams, gives emergency relief materials and cash aid.

In wartime and peacetime, it carries out joint activities with the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the National Societies that are part of this federation and sends representatives to these.