International Committee of the Red Cross
International Committee of the Red Cross
High-level pledging conference for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen
Tue, 02 Jun 2020 16:00:00 +0200
Article | Excellencies, distinguished representatives.Yemenis continue to suffer outrageously, with COVID-19 the latest strike in a long list of assaults.
Limits on Autonomy in Weapon Systems
Tue, 02 Jun 2020 13:30:00 +0200
Article | Limits on Autonomy in Weapon Systems: Identifying Practical Elements of Human Control.
Monthly Middle East and North Africa Newsletter – May 2020: Our Response to COVID-19
Tue, 02 Jun 2020 10:15:00 +0200
Report | Ramadan Amid Conflict and COVID-19 Threat People across the Near and Middle East are marking Islam's holy month this year amid ongoing conflict, seasonal diseases, and a worsening economic situation, in a region where the combined impact of protracte
COVID-19: Fighting conflict and coronavirus in Nigeria's Borno
Tue, 02 Jun 2020 07:15:00 +0200
Photo gallery | COVID-19: In north-eastern Nigeria, the threat of coronavirus grows among displaced people, but the conflict continues.
COVID-19: Global pandemic may increase stress exponentially
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 13:45:00 +0200
Article | The ICRC is concerned that the COVID-19 pandemic may increase stress exponentially. There are a number of people and communities who are particularly vulnerable to the psychological and psychosocial impact of the pandemic
Facebook and Red Cross launch #AfricaTogether, a campaign calling for vigilance against COVID-19
Mon, 01 Jun 2020 11:30:00 +0200
News release | Facebook and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are partnering to launch #AfricaTogether.
International humanitarian law 101: IHL and COVID-19
Sun, 31 May 2020 20:15:00 +0200
Video | A short video explaining the intersection between International Humanitarian Law and COVID-19.
Jordan: For Abla, ICRC’s cash support has come at the right time
Sun, 31 May 2020 12:30:00 +0200
Article | There are 720 refugee families in Jordan enrolled in the ICRC's cash transfer programme. The story of one such family we were able to help out.
Somalia: Killing of health workers from rural clinic an appalling tragedy
Fri, 29 May 2020 17:00:00 +0200
News release | Somalia: The ICRC is deeply shocked by the killing of eight people in Gololey village in the Balcad district in Hirshabelle, Mogadishu.
South Sudan: COVID-19 response in April 2020
Fri, 29 May 2020 16:15:00 +0200
Photo gallery | As COVID-19 pandemic spreads to South Sudan, scale of its actual and potential impact on communities the ICRC serves has become increasingly evident.
Papua New Guinea: ICRC supports Mount Hagen Hospital to better prepare for COVID-19 patients
Fri, 29 May 2020 03:30:00 +0200
News release | The unit, which includes a delivery room, has a capacity to cater for 12 COVID-19 patients.
COVID-19 crisis is becoming a protection crisis
Thu, 28 May 2020 21:30:00 +0200
Statement | Remarks to event "Safeguarding Civilians in a Pandemic" hosted by the International Peace Institute during 2020 UN Protection of Civilians Week.
Online community for national committees and similar entities on IHL
Thu, 28 May 2020 16:00:00 +0200
Article | About the online community for national committees and similar entities on IHL.
The ICRC Data Protection Commission
Thu, 28 May 2020 13:45:00 +0200
Article | The ICRC Data Protection Commission is responsible for checking the compliance of the organization’s processing of personal data
COVID-19 appeal: None of us are safe until we're all safe
Thu, 28 May 2020 13:00:00 +0200
Article | The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement made a collective appeal for 3.1 billion Swiss francs to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19: International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement appeal for 3.1 billion Swiss francs
Thu, 28 May 2020 13:00:00 +0200
News release | COVID-19: The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is appealing for 3.1 billion Swiss francs to urgently scale up its global response.
The use of weapons and equipment in law enforcement operations
Thu, 28 May 2020 10:45:00 +0200
Article | Q&A explaining the strict constraints on the use of weapons and equipment in law enforcement operations.
Sudan: Making face shields for health care heroes
Thu, 28 May 2020 08:15:00 +0200
Article | Production of lightweight, durable protective face shields will assist front line health workers and other medical staff caring for COVID-19 patients.
Amid COVID-19, we must not lose focus on violations and abuses in war
Wed, 27 May 2020 15:45:00 +0200
Statement | Secretary-General Guterres' report card on the state of protection highlights the enormous violations and the failures to protect men, women and children around the globe.Communities caught in the crossfire of armed conflict suffer shock after shock,
Ethiopia: ICRC supports local manufacture of face shields
Wed, 27 May 2020 11:45:00 +0200
Article | The ICRC is assisting physical rehabilitation centres to manufacture 3,000 face shields locally in support of the fight against COVID-19 in Ethiopia.
Joint UN/ICRC Op-Ed on explosive weapons in populated areas and COVID-19
Wed, 27 May 2020 10:30:00 +0200
News release | Joint appeal by Mark Lowcock, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs; Izumi Nakamitsu, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs; and Robert Mardini, Director-General of the ICRC.We are all grappling with th
Health care workers save lives: Condemnation of attacks linked to COVID-19
Tue, 26 May 2020 12:00:00 +0200
Article | Community of concerned people issued a declaration condemning increasing incidents of attacks against health workers and facilities during COVID-19.
COVID-19: ICRC expands material support to prisons in West Java and Banten
Tue, 26 May 2020 05:15:00 +0200
News release | Ramping up its response to COVID-19, the ICRC expanded support to 45 places of detention in West Java and Banten provinces in Indonesia.
Call to governments: Work together to stop cyber attacks on health care
Mon, 25 May 2020 10:30:00 +0200
Article | The ICRC President Peter Maurer among international leaders calling on the world's governments to take action to stop cyber attacks on health care.
Requests for information about people held during Spanish Civil War or Second World War: Quarterly limit reached
Mon, 25 May 2020 09:30:00 +0200
Article | Regarding a request for information about someone held as a prisoner of war or civilian internee during the Spanish Civil War or the Second World War.The maximum number of requests that our staff can deal with has been reached.
Requests for information about people held during Spanish Civil War or Second World War
Mon, 25 May 2020 09:30:00 +0200
Article | Regarding a request for information about someone held as a prisoner of war or civilian internee during the Spanish Civil War or the Second World War.In accordance with the ICRC's regulations on access to its archives, the Agency Archives may have in
Malicious use of cyber technology can cause suffering during armed conflicts
Fri, 22 May 2020 20:45:00 +0200
Statement | As delivered by Ms. Laetitia Courtois, Permanent Observer to the United Nations and Head of Delegation, ICRC New YorkExcellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,Thank you for the opportunity to address the Council on Cyber Stability and Conflict Prevention.
South Sudan: Operational highlight of our COVID-19 response in April 2020
Fri, 22 May 2020 11:00:00 +0200
Article | The ICRC in South Sudan adapted its ongoing humanitarian activities for communities affected by conflict and violence to limit the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19: Millions dealing with sporadic water shortages, crippled health services in north-east Syria
Thu, 21 May 2020 22:30:00 +0200
Statement | In north-east Syria, millions are dealing with sporadic water shortages, crippled health services along with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“People live in fear" – A clinic on the front lines of Libya’s war
Thu, 21 May 2020 15:30:00 +0200
Article | A clinic in Libya at the forefront of the emergency health response, receiving newly displaced patients during COVID-19 while the fighting continues.
South Sudan: Jonglei State clashes leave hundreds dead and injured as COVID-19 reduces ICRC surgical capacity by 30%
Thu, 21 May 2020 15:15:00 +0200
News release | An eruption of intercommunal violence in Jonglei State in northeastern South Sudan has left hundreds dead, many more injured and thousands displaced.
South Sudan: National Geographic profiles ICRC’s assistance to people with disabilities in series on Nobel Peace Prize winners
Thu, 21 May 2020 10:45:00 +0200
News release | The ICRC is one of five Nobel Peace Prize recipients being celebrated in a documentary series launched by National Geographic Films.
Afghanistan: Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic at Afghan Red Crescent hospital in Kabul
Thu, 21 May 2020 08:15:00 +0200
Article | In Afghanistan, a joint effort by the ICRC and Kabul Afghan Red Crescent Society in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Egypt: ICRC donates medical and protective supplies to North Sinai, Red Crescent amid COVID-19
Wed, 20 May 2020 14:45:00 +0200
Article | The ICRC has donated PPE and medical supplies to the Egyptian Red Crescent to support their efforts in the national response to COVID-19 in Egypt.
Invitation to bid for ICRC tender for emergency food rations
Wed, 20 May 2020 12:00:00 +0200
Article | The ICRC is performing an open procurement tender concerning frame agreement for Emergency Food Rations valid for a year.Bidders who are interested will find below attached the tender documents with specifications.Bidders who are interested and need
Nigeria: Maiduguri entrepreneur brings affordable hygiene to women in need
Wed, 20 May 2020 12:00:00 +0200
Article | Zainab, a Maiduguri entrepreneur, is selling affordable hygiene products to displaced women in Nigeria.
Responding to the humanitarian needs in Kenya, Tanzania and Djibouti
Wed, 20 May 2020 08:45:00 +0200
Article | Highlights of our work in Kenya, Tanzania and Djibouti in 2019.
Statement from ICRC's head of health: COVID-19 crisis underlines a chasm
Tue, 19 May 2020 15:00:00 +0200
News release | A statement from Esperanza Martinez, the head of health for the International Committee of the Red Cross, on the COVID-19 crisis
COVID-19 response in Ethiopia
Tue, 19 May 2020 15:00:00 +0200
Article | The ICRC delegation in Ethiopia has rapidly adapted to the evolving reality of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
Ethiopia: Nearly 500,000 animals vaccinated in support of violence-affected communities
Tue, 19 May 2020 12:15:00 +0200
Article | Almost half a million animals belonging to communities affected by ethnic violence in Ethiopia were vaccinated by the ICRC and its partners.
COVID-19 in Egypt: Riding out the storm
Mon, 18 May 2020 12:15:00 +0200
Article | The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is affecting people and communities around the world, including Egypt.
When physical distancing is impossible
Mon, 18 May 2020 10:30:00 +0200
Article | How do you prevent spread of COVID-19 when physical distancing is impossible? Those who've been displaced are often vulnerable to health complications.
When doctors are scarce
Mon, 18 May 2020 10:30:00 +0200
Article | Need to ensure that health care workers and health care facilities are equipped and prepared to counter COVID-19 in the most vulnerable communities.
Dignified burials for the dead
Mon, 18 May 2020 10:30:00 +0200
Article | Are regions of the world now in conflict ready for mass casualties from COVID-19?
COVID-19: ICRC response in Iraq
Sun, 17 May 2020 13:00:00 +0200
Article | How the ICRC is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq.
Venezuela: Goodwill that gives life to International Red Cross Movement
Fri, 15 May 2020 21:45:00 +0200
Article | Cooperating with the Venezuelan Red Cross during COVID-19 relief efforts.
One call away: In Panama, helping bring migrants in Darién closer to their families
Thu, 14 May 2020 22:00:00 +0200
Article | In Panama, we are helping migrants in Darién get one step closer to their families through phone calls
Two new members appointed to the Assembly of the ICRC
Thu, 14 May 2020 16:15:00 +0200
News release | The Assembly of the International Committee of the Red Cross has appointed two new members, Suba Umathevan and Rémy Best.
Libya: Ramping up its COVID-19 response
Thu, 14 May 2020 06:45:00 +0200
Article | Here's how the ICRC is ramping up its efforts, while maintaining its conflict related humanitarian activities, to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Libya
South Sudan's largest mortuary renovated to help families know fate of their loved ones
Wed, 13 May 2020 13:15:00 +0200
News release | ICRC has supported the renovation of South Sudan's largest mortuary to help forensics authorities systematically handle the dead with dignity
Armenia: Limited access to education – the unseen consequence of conflict
Wed, 13 May 2020 11:30:00 +0200
Article | In Armenia, it's been 27 years since the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict erupted and the children still don't have a safe school space.
Exceptional Florence Nightingale Medal awarded to nurses, midwives in captivity
Tue, 12 May 2020 08:30:00 +0200
News release | Exceptional Florence Nightingale Medal 2020 awarded to nurses, midwives in captivity
“An emergency within an emergency” – Red Cross nurses on conflict and COVID-19
Tue, 12 May 2020 08:00:00 +0200
Article | What does it mean to be a nurse today? For International Nurses Day, we asked four nurses to share their experiences and explain how COVID-19 is impacting work
Papua New Guinea: Sponsoring nurses to become midwives and educators
Tue, 12 May 2020 06:15:00 +0200
Article | Myrtle Sammy is one of five registered nurses in Papua New Guinea who was sponsored by the ICRC to study midwifery
Jordan: ICRC continues its humanitarian work amidst COVID-19 environment
Mon, 11 May 2020 16:15:00 +0200
Article | ICRC provides hygiene and protective items in correctional facilities, juvenile centers and police stations across Jordan as part of its COVID-19 response
International Nurses Day: Nurses deserve praise, thanks, protection amid COVID-19
Mon, 11 May 2020 11:00:00 +0200
News release | The International Council of Nurses and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement celebrated International Nurses Day
Our work in the Middle East: Operational response to COVID-19
Sun, 10 May 2020 16:30:00 +0200
Article | The ICRC's operational response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Middle East
COVID-19: Assisting displaced communities in Cabo Delgado
Fri, 08 May 2020 13:45:00 +0200
Video | Following recent increase in armed violence in the Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique, several thousands of people were forced to flee to Pemba, seeking safety.
Health workers are saving lives and must be treated with respect to beat COVID-19: ICRC and Mexican Red Cross
Fri, 08 May 2020 10:00:00 +0200
News release | On World Red Cross and Red Crescent day, the ICRC and the Mexican Red Cross Society said that health care workers must be treated with respect to beat COVID-19
Democratic Republic of the Congo: COVID-19 adds to humanitarian crisis
Fri, 08 May 2020 10:00:00 +0200
Article | As cholera, measles and other chronic diseases continue to kill thousands in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the country is also grappling with COVID-19.
Cameroon: Nora’s struggle to keep hope alive in the face of insurmountable odds
Fri, 08 May 2020 08:00:00 +0200
Article | In one year, Nora's whole life fell apart.Before the anglophone crisis, everything was moving smoothly in Ekona, a locality in the Southwest region of Cameroon. People were living in harmony.
Webinar: Counter-terrorism, sanctions and humanitarian access in COVID-19 era
Thu, 07 May 2020 10:00:00 +0200
Video | Counter-terrorism legislation and sanctions in the context of COVID-19: Where we are today and what do we need to pay attention to?
Rwanda: Red Cross Movement scales up to prevent spread of COVID-19 in communities
Thu, 07 May 2020 09:30:00 +0200
News release | The Red Cross Movement is scaling up its efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in communities in Rwanda.
Nigeria: ICRC response to COVID-19
Wed, 06 May 2020 13:00:00 +0200
Article | The ICRC is working together with the Nigerian Red Cross Society, local authorities and other humanitarian actors to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Management of the dead from the Islamic law and IHL perspectives: Considerations for humanitarian forensics
Wed, 06 May 2020 11:00:00 +0200
Article | Contemporary issues and challenges pertinent to the management of the dead in contemporary armed conflicts and other situations of violence and natural disasters under Islamic law and IHL
World Red Cross and Red Crescent day 2020
Tue, 05 May 2020 18:30:00 +0200
Article | On World Red Cross and Red Crescent day 2020, we are celebrating the amazing work of health care workers and volunteers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Florence Nightingale award: Why the 2020 medal is special
Tue, 05 May 2020 14:45:00 +0200
Article | On the 200th birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale comes a special award dedicated to all the nurses and midwives in the world who are deprived of liberty because of their humanitarian engagement
COVID-19 in conflict zones – Visualizing the risk
Tue, 05 May 2020 10:15:00 +0200
Article | Visualizing the risk of COVID-19 in conflict-afflicted areas
Philippines: ICRC response to COVID-19
Tue, 05 May 2020 07:45:00 +0200
Article | With the onset of the COVID-19 crisis in the Philippines, here's how the ICRC adjusted its ongoing programming and launched new initiatives to assist national authorities, the health care system and detention facilities
Pakistan: ICRC and PRCS distribute hygiene supplies at places of detention in Sindh to prevent outbreak of COVID-19
Tue, 05 May 2020 06:15:00 +0200
Article | The Inspector General of Sindh Prisons appreciated the timely assistance of Pakistan Red Crescent Society and the ICRC in preventing and controlling COVID-19 in jails and detention centres.
Nigeria: A race against time to reunite a family during the COVID-19 pandemic
Thu, 30 Apr 2020 16:00:00 +0200
Article | As fear of the spread of COVID-19 grows in Nigeria and states close their borders, the ICRC rushes to reunite a mother and daughter separated by the conflict.
ICRC writing competition IV: Tackling COVID-19
Wed, 29 Apr 2020 12:00:00 +0200
Article | ICRC writing competition IV: Tackling COVID-19
COVID-19: Incomes have stopped overnight, for many that immediately threatens being able to eat
Wed, 29 Apr 2020 11:15:00 +0200
Article | The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to be a global socio-economic earthquake.
Religious and community leaders play pivotal role in relaying critical information on COVID-19
Wed, 29 Apr 2020 10:45:00 +0200
Article | Religious and community leaders play pivotal role in relaying critical information on COVID-19, especially during the holy month of Ramadan
COVID-19: Authorities in Asia and the Pacific should do more to include migrants in their response
Wed, 29 Apr 2020 02:00:00 +0200
News release | COVID-19: Authorities in the Asia-Pacific region should do more to include migrants in their response.
COVID-19: ICRC's donations help penitentiary system of the state of Ceará produce 44,000 masks
Tue, 28 Apr 2020 21:45:00 +0200
News release | The ICRC has donated raw materials to help penitentiary system of the state of Ceará produce 44,000 masks, which will be used to prevent transmission, given how particularly vulnerable the prison environment is to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cameroon: Preventing a pandemic amid a crisis
Tue, 28 Apr 2020 17:15:00 +0200
Article | Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the North West and South West regions are facing new challenges following the outbreak of COVID-19 in Cameroon
Statement by ICRC President, Peter Maurer
Tue, 28 Apr 2020 16:00:00 +0200
Statement | Statement by ICRC President Peter Maurer on the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations (IDPs, refugees, migrants)
Ethiopia: ICRC, ERCS donate infection prevention and other items to 17 COVID-19 treatment centres
Tue, 28 Apr 2020 13:30:00 +0200
Article | COVID-19: The ICRC is continuing to supply infection prevention and control materials and other essential items to national bodies in Ethiopia to contain the spread of the coronavirus
COVID-19 in Syria: ICRC continues assisting millions and adapts to combat the virus
Tue, 28 Apr 2020 10:15:00 +0200
Article | As Syria enters its tenth year of conflict, the ICRC has adapted to protect the displaced and the detained from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 18th ICRC essay competition for East African universities
Mon, 27 Apr 2020 15:30:00 +0200
Article | The 18th International Committee Of The Red Cross essay competition for East African universities
Sudan: Helping prison authorities keep COVID-19 at bay
Mon, 27 Apr 2020 14:30:00 +0200
Article | The health and well-being of detainees can be a constant worry for their loved ones at the best of times. Imagine how much worse this must be when a pandemic such as COVID-19 threatens to overwhelm existing services in prisons in Sudan
HELP: Training course for managing relief operations in humanitarian crises
Mon, 27 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0200
Article | The HELP course (Health Emergencies in Large Populations) is a multidisciplinary training course for managing humanitarian operations in disasters, conflicts and other crises.
ICRC in Latin America: How we are adjusting our action during COVID-19
Thu, 23 Apr 2020 15:45:00 +0200
Article | In Latin America, here's how the ICRC is improving the humanitarian situation through their response to COVID-19
Kenya: Red Cross donates materials for prisons to build quarantine facilities and improve infrastructure amidst threat of COVID-19
Thu, 23 Apr 2020 14:15:00 +0200
Article | The Kenya Red Cross and the ICRC donated construction materials to the Kenya Prison Service to be used by prisons across the country to make infrastructure improvements to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Yemen: Millions prepare for Ramadan amid floods, conflict and coronavirus threat
Thu, 23 Apr 2020 13:15:00 +0200
News release | People across Yemen will mark Islam's holy month this year amid ongoing conflict, COVID-19, floods and rising prices, in a country where the economic situation doesn't allow two thirds of the population to access or afford enough food.
COVID-19: ICRC donates vital intensive care equipment for Gaza
Thu, 23 Apr 2020 11:45:00 +0200
News release | The ICRC donated a consignment of vital intensive care equipment to Gazan hospitals but warned that much more needs to be done to get Gaza ready to cope with a wider outbreak of COVID-19.
ICRC operational response to COVID-19 in the Asia-Pacific
Thu, 23 Apr 2020 08:00:00 +0200
Article | COVID-19 response in the Asia-Pacific: Unprecedented stress on health-care systems, strain on major economies and financial markets
COVID-19: ICRC enhances support to hospitals and detention facilities in Papua New Guinea
Thu, 23 Apr 2020 00:00:00 +0200
News release | As the COVID-19 pandemic looms, the ICRC has stepped up its humanitarian response in Papua New Guinea and adopted a multipronged approach to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable populations
Violence does not vanish during a pandemic, stresses the ICRC in its 2020 humanitarian report for Mexico and Central America
Wed, 22 Apr 2020 18:00:00 +0200
News release | The regional delegation of the ICRC for Mexico and Central America published its 2020 report highlighting the main humanitarian concerns in the region, including violence, migration, internal displacement, disappearances and the situation of people d
Gaza: Everyday life under COVID-19
Wed, 22 Apr 2020 17:30:00 +0200
Photo gallery | Gaza: Aspects of everyday life under COVID-19 captured by the photographers in the city
COVID-19: Detainees in Solomon Islands can now call their loved ones
Wed, 22 Apr 2020 13:15:00 +0200
News release | Detainees across the Solomon Islands can now call their loved ones with the support from the ICRC
Bangladesh: Helping families in dignified management of the dead during COVID-19
Wed, 22 Apr 2020 11:30:00 +0200
Article | As deaths due to COVID-19 rise in Bangladesh, the bereaved families face yet another grim reality – that of not being able to bury their loved ones with full rituals due to the fear of exposing themselves to the virus.
COVID-19: Authorities must urgently plan ahead to ensure the dead are properly handled
Wed, 22 Apr 2020 10:15:00 +0200
News release | The failure to plan and prepare for mass casualties risks people being buried in mass graves, with few records and little understanding of who died and where the body was taken.
COVID-19: What happens when a lot of people die at the same time?
Wed, 22 Apr 2020 05:45:00 +0200
Article | What happens when many people die at the same time from a pandemic, like COVID-19, or a natural disaster and how we can best care for the dead and the living.
Protection, dignity, and respect for deceased individuals and their families in COVID-19
Tue, 21 Apr 2020 19:15:00 +0200
Article | Through its team of forensic specialists, the ICRC works globally to help guarantee the dignified management of the dead and uphold the right of bereaved families to know what happened to their loved ones, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Management of the dead under Islamic Law
Tue, 21 Apr 2020 15:00:00 +0200
Publication | This document discusses a number of contemporary issues and challenges pertinent to the management of the dead in contemporary armed conflicts and other situations of violence and natural disasters under Islamic law.
Why migrants are particularly vulnerable during the pandemic
Mon, 20 Apr 2020 07:00:00 +0200
Article | Here's why migrants are particularly vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic
Panama: Red Cross volunteers help with COVID-19 prevention measures
Sat, 18 Apr 2020 23:15:00 +0200
Article | In Panama, Panamanian Red Cross volunteers are helping put COVID-19 prevention measures in place