When disasters strike, the American Red Cross is ready to help around the clock, every day of the year. Our chapter responds to an average of one home fire every four days, operates shelters to house disaster evacuees and deploys Red Cross workers to recovery operations across the United States. We assist disaster victims following floods, wildfires, tornadoes and more by offering safe shelter, hot meals, essential relief supplies, emotional support and health services like first aid. All services to disaster victims are provided free of charge.
Our territory includes the Cheyenne River, Pine Ridge, Rosebud, Standing Rock, Lower Brule, Crow Creek, and Yankton Indian Reservations. We have pre-positioned disaster supplies, built collaborative relationships with tribal officials, and recruited local volunteers to improve our service delivery.
To decrease response time in our 38 county territory, our chapter has pre-positioned nine disaster trailers across central and western South Dakota and prepositioned other supplies. The trailers are filled with disaster supplies such as cots, blankets and the resources necessary for opening shelters. Local emergency managers and tribal officials have direct access to the trailers for even quicker response.
During wildland fires and other large emergency responses; the American Red Cross provides hydration and food to emergency personnel to ensure they can stay focused on the task at hand.
Following a disaster, the American Red Cross “Safe & Well” website is a central location for people in disaster areas in the United States to register their current status, and for their loved ones to access that information.