Every 15 hours, the American Red Cross Greater Phoenix Chapter responds to a disaster, ranging from home fires to floods to microbursts to power outages. Although the Red Cross isn’t a government agency, its authority to provide disaster relief was formalized through a Congressional Charter in 1905. The charter is not only a grant of power but also an imposition of duties and obligations to the country, to disaster victims and to the people who generously support the mission of the Red Cross with their financial donations.
The Greater Phoenix Chapter focuses on meeting people’s emergency needs. When a disaster strikes, the Greater Phoenix Chapter provides food, clothing and shelter, as well as health and mental health services. It also feeds emergency workers, handles inquiries from concerned family and friends outside of the disaster area, gives blood and blood products to disaster victims and helps those affected by disasters access other available resources.