Prepare Imperial Valley

Be Prepared. Get Connected. Take Action.

Prepare Imperial Valley is a regional resiliency initiative to help prepare the Imperial County area for human emergencies and disasters. Through Prepare Imperial Valley, the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties aims to facilitate a cultural shift to increase individual, community and business preparedness. Join millions across the country who feel safe because they are “Red Cross Ready.” They know what to do and how to stay safe in the event of an emergency. Businesses and communities are more resilient when they are better prepared in the first place. Get the peace of mind and take the steps to be prepared!

There are three basic steps everyone can take to make a difference in their lives:

be prepared, get connected, and take action.
Be Prepared

You’re more prepared than you think. Know what to do and have what you need in case an emergency strikes.

Get a Kit

Make a Plan

Be Informed

Get Connected

We are more resilient during emergencies when we help each other. Work together to organize your community and networks online and in-person. Agree to stay in touch.

Learn How to Connect

Take Action

Ordinary people can do extraordinary things when they take lifesaving classes or volunteer to help others. Take CPR classes, give blood, or volunteer.

How to Be Extraordinary

Think You’re Red Cross Ready? Take the challenge.

I have an emergency preparedness kit.

Help me build my kit

Shop for a kit


I have a family disaster plan and have practiced.

Help me make a plan

Your plan resouces

I know which emergencies or disasters are most likely to occur near me.

Tell me more about hazards to be prepared for in my area

At least one member of my household is trained in first aid and CPR/AED.

Show me CPR and first aid classes available near me

I have taken action to get connected and stay connected to my community.

Teach me how to build a resilient community

Preparedness booklet and handout to share

What to Be Ready For in Your Area?

Tips and strategies for preparing, responding and recovering from disasters and emergencies


Prepare Your Business with Ready Rating
Ready Rating is a free online program offered by the Red Cross that helps businesses, schools and organizations become prepared for disasters and other emergencies. All in one place, Ready Rating members have access to one-of-a-kind tools, resources and information for evaluating and improving their ability to withstand disaster, maintaining operations, and protecting lives and property. Whether you're taking your first steps or have a fully-functioning emergency management program, the Ready Rating program can help you achieve a higher level of preparedness. Please visit for more information.
Become a part of the Business Leadership Council

The Business Leadership Council is a group of dynamic business leaders who have partnered to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery, and strives for resilience in the face of disaster. The Business Leadership Council brings together key leadership to help ensure our region's successful long-term recovery and reduce overall economic impact. You can also have expert help along the way as you and your partners become a Red Cross Certified Resilient Business through Ready Rating

Join us! Contact Chief Development Officer Wendy McKinney at (858) 309-1217 or


Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.

Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires. So we set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25% by 2020. On average, seven people die every day from a home fire, most impacting children and the elderly. If you have a fire, smoke alarms can cut nearly in half your risk of dying in a fire. Check your smoke alarm batteries monthly and join us to Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.

Be "Red Cross Ready" in the Community

Disaster education presentations focused on preparedness information can be requested for community groups and events.

Pillowcase Project presentations can be scheduled for youth ages 8-11 (3rd-5th grade) covering preparedness and coping skills to share with family members.

To request a disaster education presentation (available in several languages and/or geared toward senior communities) or to request a Pillowcase Project school assembly, please contact Melissa Altman at (858) 309-1272 or

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