Volunteers work in many different environments and it is important for them to be aware of their local security situation in order to stay safe, by minimizing the risks they face and increasing their capacities to deliver humanitarian services at all times. The stay safe procedures for volunteers should be organized taking into account three security scenarios:
- Scenario I – low intensity during regular activities (normal situation): how to ensure the security and well-being of volunteers during their activities, including situations relating to health, events in public places, road accidents, local crime, and socio-economic problems.
- Scenario II – emergency operations (situation during/after disasters): how to stay safe during crisis, emergency and disaster situations.
- Scenario III – high intensity (situation during conflicts or internal disturbances): how to stay safe during internal disturbances, protests, escalating violence and conflict situations, which pose added risks for volunteers, such as antipersonnel mines, explosives, kidnapping, sexual assaults, and increased lawlessness.This document addresses only the first two security scenarios for volunteers. Those working in conflict or high-risk environments (scenario 3) are recommended to follow the additional instructions provided in the Federation’s “Stay Safe” manual and/or ask the ICRC for advice.
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