The main objective of the Society is to provide humanitarian services, whenever disaster of any kind overshadows. In this direction, the Karnataka State Branch of Indian Red Cross Society has planned various training camps. While handling disaster relief measures, the society provides basic facilities such as food, water, shelter and First – Aid. The required training to address these issues, is being imparted to the volunteers. In emergency situations, these volunteers jointly work with local administrative entities and provide relief to the distressed. Whenever disaster of natural calamity occurs in any part of India, the Red Cross State Branch acts immediately and provides all the necessary relief materials and collects adequate donations for distribution among the affected people. On such occasion the Karnataka Branch deploys volunteers for the purpose of providing relief to the distressed people gripped by the disaster.

In the year 2001, the Karnataka State Branch of Indian Red Cross Society sent relief materials worth Rs. 1 crore to the people of Bhuj in Gujarat, who were affected by the devastating earth quake. In recognition of this act of humanitarian services the Karnataka State Branch was awarded gold medal by the head Quarters of Indian Red Cross Society housed in New Delhi.
In a similar gesture, the Karnataka Branch donated Rs. 95.75 lakhs to the distressed people of Uttarkhand State, who were badly affected by the fury of devastating flood. Responding quickly to the people affected by earth quake in Nepal, the state unit provided relief materials to the tune of Rs. 31 lakhs.
In the year 2004, an amount of Rs. 2.8 crore was donated to IRCS Tamilnadu for community projects intended to help the victims of Tsunami. During the same period, a sum of Rs. 15 lakhs was sent to Srilanka who suffered the wrath of Tsunami.

An amount of Rs. 57 lakhs was donated to the people of Andhra Pradesh who were affected by the Tsunami. During the same period, the Tsunami affected people of Kerala State received our donations of Rs. 5 lakhs. The earth quake victims of Jammu & Kashmir received our timely donation of Rs. 1 lakh and were sheltered under 190 relief camps. In the year 2009 the people of Northern part of Karnataka were distressed and subdued by the fury of floods. Responding to the pathetic plight of people of that area, the Karnataka unit of Red Cross provided financial support of Rs.3. 5 lakhs. During the year 2015-16 Karnataka State Branch of Indian Red Cross Society donated a sum of Rs. 25 lakhs to its Tamilnadu Branch as a token of relief measure to the victims of flood disaster.