A Disaster is officially seen as a serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society. Disasters
involve widespread human, material, economic or environmental impacts, which exceed the ability of the
affected community or society to cope using its own resources. Red Ants have a Disaster Management
Division which provides the following services.
This is a coordinated multi-agency emergency response to reduce the impact of a disaster and its longterm
results. Relief activities include rescue, relocation, providing food and water, preventing disease and
disability, repairing vital services such as telecommunications and transport, providing temporary shelter
and emergency health care.
Once emergency needs have been met and the initial crisis is over, the people affected and the communities
that support them are still vulnerable. Recovery activities include rebuilding infrastructure, health
care and rehabilitation. These should blend with development activities, such as building human resources
for health and developing policies and practices to avoid similar situations in future.
In 2009 when South Africa experienced a wave of Xenophobic attacks across many townships, Red Ants
were engaged by Councils and the United Nations to erected safe tent camps on their behalf.