An Emergency Response Unit (ERU) is a standardized package of trained personnel and modules of equipment, ready to be deployed at short notice. They are designed to provide an essential, basic and standardized service platform for use in any part of the world. The units are fully self-sufficient for one month and can be deployed for up to four months.
When are ERUs used ?
Whenever there is a situation that requires a quick response to which the delegation or National Society cannot respond alone. The ERUs are part of the Federation’s disaster response tools and provide a specific support or direct service function when local facilities are either destroyed, overwhelmed by needs, or do not exist. They are used in emergency situations to cover a gap only until the function is no longer required, or until either the Federation delegation and/or the host National Society can take over.
The contents of this module have been designed by the Spanish Red Cross to support the implementation of a standard training course in “Water and Sanitation in Emergencies” based on the organization and equipment of the Spanish Red Cross Water and Sanitation M15 Emergency Response Unit. Documents in Spanish will be added soon.