Volunteering is one of the pillars that Red Cross and its humanitarian mission rely on. Millions of people collaborate with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement by providing services to people in vulnerable situations without expecting any financial or material benefit. During emergencies, they provide First Aid assistance, carry out rescues from collapsed buildings, drive ambulances, conduct vaccination campaigns and provide comfort to those in need. Volunteering strengthens the resilience of communities and broadens the scope of humanitarian assistance.
This short guide on volunteering in emergency management aims to support all International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent staff deployed during an emergency, especially those who must support NSs’ volunteer leaders and/or those who have a leading role coordinating volunteers directly due to the needs of the mission. It may also be useful for National Society staff and for those leading teams of volunteers.