Poverty and war. Flood or drought. Earthquake or environmental disaster. Emergency aid is one of the main activities of the Red Cross. When there is a disaster or conflict, the Red Cross helps out immediatly. The Red Cross starts with life saving activities, offers shelter, food, clean water and medical services. Mission: safe as many lives as possible. The Red Cross is a non-profit organisation, dependant on private donations in time, money and also donation of blood.