Community Preparedness

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Take 10 minutes now to learn how you can protect your loved ones and be ready for emergencies large or small. Ready or Not: Prepare for Chance is the story of instructor-in-training, Chance Delancy, and a group of neighbors whose emergency plans are put to the test. Through their adventures you will learn how to create your own family plan, build your supply kit and safely respond to emergencies when the time comes.

Find out how to Be Prepared. Get Connected. And Take Action. The American Red Cross has the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign and the Pillowcase Project are provided to help get your family on it’s way to being safe, prepared and connected. Read more about each of the offerings below:

Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

The American Red Cross and its partners have launched an initiative that aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years with the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

The Red Cross is asking every household in America to join us in taking two simple steps that can save lives: checking or installing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.

Learn more about the, Sound the Alarm, save a life, campaign here where you can apply to be a volunteer with us! If you would like free smoke alarms installed in your home contact us today by Calling: (510) 595-4573 | email: | Signup online.

The Pillowcase Project

The 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. Generally given as a 60 minute presentation by Red Cross volunteers, the program leads students through a “learn, practice, share” framework to engage them in disaster preparedness. Students receive a sturdy pillowcase upon completion of the program in which they are encouraged to build their personal emergency supplies kit. Presentations are customized to focus on a hazard that is important and relevant to the local community.

Learn more about the Pillowcase Project here and apply to be a volunteer with us!

Community Preparedness Resources

It’s important to prepare for possible emergencies because they can strike suddenly and violently at any time and any place. There are three steps everyone can take that can help make a difference: be prepared, get connected, and take action. For further information about how to be Prepared. Connected. And how to Take Action in your community and your region of Northern California Coast Region go to