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International Disasters and Crises

Delivering Relief and Hope Worldwide

In the face of crises like earthquakes, typhoons, conflict, severe drought, and famine, the American Red Cross and global Red Cross Red Crescent network join together to ease people’s suffering. Whether it’s a typhoon in the Philippines, a migration crisis in the Middle East, wildfires in Chile, or extreme cold weather in Mongolia, our teams are helping.

As part of the world’s largest humanitarian network, the Red Cross maintains a corps of trained disaster responders and strategically positions relief supplies worldwide to deliver immediate support. Our help is triggered by a request from the local Red Cross or Red Crescent team in the country affected and coordinated closely with our entire humanitarian network.

How We Help

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Relief Items

Our warehouses are strategically positioned around the world. This enables the Red Cross to deliver lifesaving aid like tarps, blankets, water containers, hygiene items, shelter tools and cooking kits.

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Financial Contributions

Thanks to our donors, the American Red Cross provides financial support for disaster relief efforts, enabling volunteers on the ground to quickly and efficiently address the most urgent needs of disaster survivors.

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Disaster Responders

Red Cross disaster specialists help meet the immediate needs of people affected by global emergencies in areas like logistics, mapping, information management, communications, and operational leadership.

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Reconnecting Families

The Red Cross helps to reconnect families separated by international crises through our network of nearly 270 local American Red Cross chapters and more than 185 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies.

Just a Few of the Disasters We Have Responded to Around the Globe

The family messages transmitted by the American Red Cross can be very brief, but the three short words 'I am alive' may be all that is needed to ease the minds of distraught loved ones half a world away.

Our Global Impact

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Find a Family Member

If you or a family member are separated by an international crisis, the American Red Cross can help you connect with loved ones.

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Join Us

You can take action to help save lives and give hope to people around the world.
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Help Us Map the World

From your home computer, you can help ensure that disaster responders get relief to the people who need it – even in the world’s most remote areas.

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Get Involved

Support our international work from your community: support our measles campaigns or help reconnect families after international crises.

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Get Social With Us

Become a digital advocate on social media to support the Red Cross mission. Host an online fundraiser to help people in need.

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