2 February 2011
A two-member British Red Cross psycho-social support team is on its way to Cairo to help Britons wishing to return to the UK.
The team deployed on 2 February to provide practical help and emotional support and are being sent as part of a Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) rapid deployment team.
Red Cross support
Simon Lewis, head of British Red Cross emergency planning, said: "Our psycho-social team will be there to give help and advice to people who are trying to make their way home, and to offer them emotional support too.
“Sometimes things like not being able to pass messages to family back home or deal with practicalities can be distressing in a situation like this, and that is the kind of assistance our teams can give.”
In accordance with its role as an auxiliary to the public authorities in the humanitarian field, the British Red Cross team are responding at the request of the FCO, which is responsible for providing consular assistance to Britons overseas.
The British Red Cross has trained volunteers on standby to offer practical help and emotional support to people affected by emergencies overseas.
In previous deployments, support staff have assisted Britons following the Haiti earthquake last year and the terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008.