Preparedness

Emergencies can occur at any time and any place, which is why the Red Cross provides disaster education to thousands of individuals in the community each year. Some of the Chapter’s most prominent disaster preparedness programs include:
  • Disaster Fair | Each summer, the Chapter hosts a Disaster Fair with dozens of local agencies gathering at the Cincinnati office to help educate residents from the area on a wide variety of preparedness plans and materials.
  • Home Fire Preparedness Campaign | As part of a national Red Cross effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires by 25 percent, the Chapter works with local fire departments to canvass various neighborhoods and install smoke alarms or new batteries in homes for free.
  • Pillowcase Project | This national project, in conjunction with Disney, is geared toward educating elementary-aged children on the importance of being prepared. Children are instructed on gathering all of the items they would need during an emergency in a pillowcase, which is covered with Disney characters they can color. The Chapter educates hundreds of children each year in local schools, churches and other organizations.
  • Save-a-Life Saturdays | In 1945, President Roosevelt declared March as Red Cross Month, and each March the Chapter puts together dozens of events to celebrate this ongoing declaration, including Save-a-Life Saturdays in which Red Cross safety trainers set up a spot at various locations around the area and teach hands-only CPR for free.
  • Mobile Apps | The Red Cross has more than a dozen mobile apps that put information about various disasters at your fingertips. This includes the overall Emergency App, which covers 14 different types of disasters, has 35 different types of alerts that can be personalized for your needs, safety information and more. The apps are available at the App Store or on Google Play.
  • Helpful Resources
    Survival Kit
    Home Fire Prevention Tips
    Disaster Preparedness Plan
    Preparing Children
    Preparing People with Disabilities
    Preparing Seniors
    Preparing Pets