Asian Community Preparedness

  • Asian - Community Preparedness
The Bay Area is home to the largest Asian population in the country, with roughly one in five adults being of Asian descent. To meet the special language and cultural needs of this population, the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter offers a variety of programs to ensure the community is prepared before disaster hits.

Preparedness Training

Our volunteer instructors provide preparedness training in Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese. We also offer training in first aid and CPR in Cantonese and Mandarin to help get our Chinese community prepared to respond to emergencies in their homes or workplace. Let us bring the training to you in your language.

Request Onsite Disaster Preparedness Training

Youth for Chinese Elderly Program

Additional community outreach programs engage bilingual youth volunteers to provide training at community health fairs and at senior homes in the Chinatown neighborhood of San Francisco. Through these programs, Red Cross youth volunteers help hundreds of people a year get prepared for disaster.

For more information about our Asian community preparedness programs, please contact (415) 427-8077 or

Youth for Chinese Elderly and Adopt a Senior Program

The Youth for Chinese Elderly program connects bilingual youth with members of the Chinese community to help them get prepared for disaster. With Youth for Chinese Elderly clubs in eight San Francisco high schools, the program allows youth volunteers to give back to the their community by becoming skilled instructors and provide disaster preparedness education at community health fairs and at senior homes in Chinatown.

As part of the Adopt-A-Senior-Building program, each Youth for Chinese Elderly high school club adopts a senior building in San Francisco. During monthly visits, the youth volunteers teach seniors about disaster preparedness, help them with developing disaster supplies kits and practice key English vocabulary they may need to communicate during a disaster. Over the course of the year, intergenerational ties are strengthened and more than 500 people receiving disaster preparedness training.

For more information about the Youth for Chinese Elderly program, please contact (415) 427-8077 or