Programs & Services

American Red Cross disaster preparedness kit

Be Red Cross Ready

Being prepared for emergencies is crucial at home, school, work and in your community. Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood, workplace or school or can confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services – water, gas, electricity or telephones – were cut off? The best way to make you and your family safer is to be prepared before disaster strikes. Click here for more details.


Blood Services

Every two seconds someone in America needs blood. The American Red Cross serves as the bridge between over 4 million generous blood donors and millions of patients in need each year. The Red Cross serves over 3,000 hospitals around the United States. We deliver a wide range of high quality blood products and blood donor and patient testing services. We bring expertise in transfusion medicine and dedication to meeting our customers’ needs.

Red Cross disaster responder handing a bottle of water to a little boy

Disaster Services

Each year, the American Red Cross Mississippi Region responds immediately to more than 1,000 disasters, including house or apartment fires (the majority of disaster responses), hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, heat waves, hazardous materials spills and other natural and man-made disasters. Click Disaster Types for more information. Red Cross also provides on-scene canteen services when requested for first responders during large-scale operations.”

Red Cross instructor teaching a class

Health and Safety Services

From first aid and CPR training to swimming and lifeguarding, and babysitter training, American Red Cross preparedness programs help people lead safer and healthier lives. The Red Cross constantly strives to respond to the preparedness concerns of Americans at home, in school and in the workplace. You can help the Red Cross save lives. To take a class or learn more about becoming a health and safety instructor or authorized provider, please contact us.

A little girl wearing a hijab at a Red Cross shelter

International Services

With more than a century of experience, the American Red Cross works with the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network to meet the needs of the world’s most vulnerable communities. Our initiatives promote cost-effective, community-based programs while building the capacity of our partners to continue programs in the long-term. Last year, we helped 229 million people in 76 countries.


Service to the Armed Forces

The American Red Cross’ unwavering commitment to members of the U.S. military, its veterans and their families continues to grow and develop more than a century after Clara Barton first recruited nurses to support the U.S. Army. Today’s Red Cross is keeping pace with a changing military and expanding services to veterans. Red Cross support of military members and their families enhances morale and contributes to increased operational capability in several ways. Click here for more details.