Disaster Services

Volunteer with woman and child

Thanks to its volunteers, financial supporters and community partners, the Kentucky Region responds to disasters 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Following a disaster, Red Cross disaster relief meets people’s immediate disaster-caused needs for food, clothing, shelter and emotional support. During the 2014 fiscal year, trained Disaster Action Team volunteers and staff caseworkers provided emergency assistance to nearly 1,500 families and individuals affected by disaster in Kentucky and Southern Indiana, the majority of which were home fires.

The Red Cross also works with schools, businesses and organizations to prepare families and individuals before disaster strikes. Delivering disaster education to the community through free presentations and special programs, the Red Cross taught nearly 38,000 people how to prepare for disaster by making a plan, building a kit and staying informed.


Being prepared for emergencies is crucial at home, school, work and in your community. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. The best way to make you and your family safer is to be prepared before disaster strikes.

The Red Cross helps prepare the community by delivering free disaster preparedness presentations for schools, businesses and other organizations. To request a free disaster preparedness presentation for your school, church, business, group or other organization, please contact your local Red Cross chapter.

The Pillowcase Project

The Pillowcase Project, presented by the American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter and sponsored by LG&E, is designed to be an age appropriate and engaging way to educate children about the importance of disaster preparedness in a fun and constructive way.


Relying on a highly trained cadre of disaster volunteers, the American Red Cross spans the country to support families and individuals affected by disaster as well as emergency service workers. In disaster-affected areas, the Red Cross sets up shelters, provides blankets, crisis counseling, food and water, and much more. Trained Red Cross Health Services and Mental Health Services workers provide crucial physical and emotional support to help people deal with severe stress that accompanies tragedy and loss.

If you are interested in disaster relief opportunities or training, please contact your local Red Cross chapter

Disaster Action Team
The Disaster Action Team (DAT) is a group of trained volunteers who respond to home fires, floods and other disasters. Whether it is noon or midnight, DAT volunteers are ready to respond 24/7 to provide those affected with their immediate emergency needs—food, shelter and emotional support. In the 2014 fiscal year, Kentucky Region DAT volunteers helped assist nearly 1,500 families and individuals.

Training for DAT volunteers includes:
  • Disaster Services: An Overview
  • Defensive Driving
  • DAT Workshop
  • Client Casework Workshop
These courses help ensure that the needs of those affected are met. If you are interested in becoming a DAT volunteer, please contact your local office:

502-561-3601 Louisville Area Chapter
270-442-3575 Western Kentucky Chapter
270-781-7377 South Central Kentucky Chapter
859-253-1331 Bluegrass Area Chapter
606-325-1626 Eastern Kentucky Chapter