Present on 5 continents, the SSVP is inevitably confronted with crisis situations and disasters hitting the populations of countries in which it is established. The SSVP’s emergency aid action takes several forms: on the local level, members organize themselves during the very first hours after catastrophes to provide immediate emergency aid for victims (distributing food, hygiene kits, blankets, etc.), and assess the situation to set up assistance programmes mobilizing more resources. On the international level, the international head office’s Aid and Development Commission can quickly release funds to meet the most urgent needs. Thanks to fraternal bonds of solidarity uniting conferences throughout the world, collections are also launched to support members hit by disasters.