Volunteering in emergencies

Welcome, in this section you can register to help the Red Cross of your country during a natural crisis or disaster
Humanitarian. This section is intended for people who are not current volunteers of the Red Cross and is focused on a
Outside public you want to contribute during an emergency.

This type of volunteering is known as spontaneous volunteering during emergencies and helps a lot to the red crosses to bring relief to the victims and affected. If your country’s Red Cross needs help, such as helping out at the Food Collection Center, the Red Cross will contact you after filling out the form.


It should be considered that during an emergency, national disaster or conflict, trained and professional staff are required to be experts in such matters. This entails in many cases, hours and years of preparation, for this, the red crosses have volunteer staff and trained professionals who go to emergency areas to provide help and relief. That is why the people are being asked to do their work during an eventuality of this kind. This form helps us collect information from people who want to help in what the Red Cross requires in different tasks that do not have to do in most cases with going to the affected areas or working with vulnerable populations.

The Kobe earthquake, Japan in 1995 that claimed more than 5.000 victims illustrated how imaginative and creative they have to be, or may be, the volunteer administrators. They were inundated with literally tens and thousands of new people every day, who were enthusiastic about helping the victims of the disaster. At the same time, administrators may feel that they are with little staff constantly and hopeless. Such was large-scale public support for the victims of the tragic Kobe earthquake, which 1995 was nicknamed ‘ Year one of the Era of volunteering ‘.


The same spontaneous volunteering phenomenon took place during the Pakistan earthquake in 2005, the Gujarat earthquake, India in 2001, El, Hurricane Katrina in the United States in 2005, and social unrest in the Middle East and North Africa. Similarly, such was the massive generosity of more than 30.000 spontaneous volunteers who converged in new York city in response to the call for help from the World Trade Center disaster that overwhelmed officers who eventually had to Reject volunteers.

Studies on spontaneous volunteering have shown that the emergence is directly related to the following factors:

The greater the size, density and proximity of the populations to the impact area, the more emerging groups of volunteers will emerge.

The greater the intensity and scope of the impact of an event, the more conducive the environment will be for mutual aid and for emerging volunteer groups.

The more extensive the medium used that generates inter-personal and group communication, the greater the development of emergent groups of volunteers.

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