At the Red Cross, we are aiming to do more before disasters strike, to build a "culture of prevention" and to limit the harm inflicted on families and communities.
The Red Cross is there after emergencies and disasters to provide families with the support and resources they need to recover. We give emergency assistance for basic needs, including a safe place to stay, nourishing food, warm clothing and medication.
The Red Cross is the nation’s leading provider of health and safety courses, such as CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard training. Each year, more than 9 million Americans participate in our training programs, including first responders, educators, babysitters, and people who want to be prepared to help others in an emergency.
As part of the world's largest humanitarian Network, the American Red Cross alleviates the suffering of victims of war, disaster and other international crises, and works with other Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to improve chronic, life-threatening conditions in developing nations. We reconnect families separated by emergencies and educate the American public about international humanitarian law.
The American Red Cross provides critical services with a caring touch to men and women in all branches of the United States military, active duty personnel, reservists and members of the National Guard, and their families.