Preparedness Campaigns

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You often see members of the American Red Cross in the news: at the scene of a house fire, flood or other natural disaster. Our volunteers are always there to help people find shelter, reunite with family members and put their lives back in order. We take disaster response very seriously. But we also firmly believe that the best approach to disaster is to try to prevent it altogether – or at the very least, be appropriately prepared to respond and recover.

We offer a range of training, programs and educational materials designed to help you cope with a wide variety of challenges you may face from the threat of an emergency. From house fires to extreme weather, injuries to evacuations, we have resources to help you prevent, prepare for and respond to life’s emergencies.

Get Prepared Class

Disaster Preparedness

Disasters happen every day. While you may be unable to prevent disasters, you can take steps to be prepared for them and to reduce their effects. The Red Cross can help. Learn how to protect your home and loved ones by making a plan, learning about the hazards, assembling a disaster kit and learning what to do when a disaster strikes.Visit

American Red Cross disaster preparedness kit

Community Disaster Education

Make a Kit, Have a Plan, and Stay Informed. Let the Gold Country Region of the American Red Cross help you prepare for and respond to disasters through a community disaster education class. For more information, contact

Chicago Become a Volunteer Red Cross

Community Disaster Education Volunteers

Help make your community safer and more prepared by becoming a local Community Disaster Education presenter. Share practical information and materials with schools, churches, civic groups and neighborhood associations or at community events. Become a volunteer

Denver Pillowcase Project

Pillowcase Project

The American Red Cross Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for children in grades 3 – 5, which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills. Learn more....

Maine - Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

Home Fire Preparedness

Gold Country Region volunteers and supporters are joining local efforts by installing home smoke alarms in high-risk areas. Learn more....