Climate Change and Community-based Disaster Risk Reduction
The RCSS focuses on two main areas namely strengthening the capacities of the RCSS to prepare and respond effectively to disasters and enhancing community awareness of climate change and strengthening community based resilience. A RCSS Disaster Risk Reduction Committee is responsible for overseeing implementation of all Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster related activities of the national society.

RCSS preparedness and response
The RCSS is represented on the country’s national committee and acts as an auxiliary body to government disaster agencies during times of disaster.

RCSS is guided by its disaster policy, memorandum of understanding with partners and management procedures and is responsible for setting up an effective system for disaster preparedness and response. It has a RCSS Command Centre which is activated in times of disaster alerts and disasters and acts as a liaison between the leading disaster government agency and RCSS National Disaster Response Team and Branch Disaster Response Teams composed of volunteers in the field.

The RCSS ensures training and regular refresher course for of all its volunteers in various areas related to disaster preparedness and response. These include Principles and Values of the Red Cross, Leadership and team building,  Field Assessments, First Aid, Psychosocial, Support, Ambulance Driving, Water and Sanitation, Health and Hygiene, Communications, Shelter management, warehouse management, Logistics, Volunteer management.

The RCSS with the assistance of PIROI manages its own warehouse built through funding sought by PIROI from the Agence France de Developpement  and ensures stocking, distribution and replenishment of its relief supplies.

RCSS disaster preparedness activities and training are carried out and supported by local, regional and international  agencies including the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent and partners.

The RCSS is part of Plateforme d’Intervention Regionale de l’Ocean Indien (PIROI) through a co-operation agreement with the French Red Cross and Indian Ocean islands and coastal countries, Mozambique and Tanzania.

Some volunteers and members of the RCSS are also trained and form part of the Regional Disaster Response Team, (RDRT). The RDRT is a Federation supported concept which aims at utilizing the National societies’ capacities to render cross-border support to sister societies particularly in terms of human resources.

In times of disaster the Federation may assist with Disaster Relief Emergency Funds at the request of the National society. RCSS benefited from DREF support in January 2013 following the flooding and landlides caused by the heavy rains of tropical cyclone Felleng and in January 2014 following heavy rains affecting the islands of La Digue and Praslin and Belombre district on the island of Mahe.

Enhancing community awareness of climate change and strengthening community resilience to disasters

Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment
In its efforts to reach out and involve communities in disaster risk reduction and preparing for disasters the Red Cross advocates the use of a Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA). VCA is a basic process used to identify the strengths and weaknesses of households, communities.  VCA relies on the involvement of communities, government and local partners in assessing needs in a specific community. It enables the community to identify and priorities pertinent issues and work out solutions for the betterment of all concerned. This is done using specific tools and skills.
The Red Cross has carried assessments in Roche Caiman and Perseverance Districts

Educational and disaster risk reduction initiatives
The Red Cross through various media, Red Cross School Clubs and participation in national events aimed at disaster risk reduction implements educational activities for youth and communities.

In 20013 RCSS participated in a regional Disaster Risk Reduction project spearheaded by PIROI aimed at strengthening climate change knowledge for coastal communities. This project saw enthusiastic participation of a number of school youth namely Anse Royale, Anse Boileau, English River, Beau Vallon, Praslin and la Digue Secondary Schools and Glacis Primary School.

RCSS is involved in risk reduction initiatives at district level. Since 2012 With a support of funding from IUCN Mangroves for the Future project the districts of Anse Boileau, Perseverance and Roche Caiman carried out training for community members, vulnerable and capacity assessment at community level, mangroves and tree planting in coastal areas, distribution of plants to homes under the ‘ House hold Food Security for the Future’ initiative amongst others.