About Us

  • American Red Cross North Texas Region
The American Red Cross of the North Texas Region serves a population of over 9 million people.
I’m just a helper, traveling through life, trying to help another, said Red Cross volunteer and Katrina survivor Nelson Lanehart.

Our compassionate volunteers care for and support our friends and neighbors who face the worst moments of their lives due to disasters. The Red Cross in North Texas works with the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and the international Red Cross and Red Crescent network to serve our neighbors down the street, across the country and around the world.

Our mission at the Red Cross empowers people to become survivors. Through trainings and reinforcing preparedness steps, knowledge becomes action and action saves lives.

Discover the American Red Cross and the people behind the mission in our community

A Brief History

The history of our chapter parallels the calamities and disasters that have occurred in the area. Hurricanes, floods, explosions, fires and the effects of war on local residents are backdrops to our continual story.
  • 2001
    The Dallas Area Chapter of the American Red Cross serves as a call center for loved ones to search for victims of the 9/11 attacks.
  • 2000
    On March 28 the Great Tornado of Fort Worth ripped a path through the heart of the city while a second twister ravaged a highly populated Arlington neighborhood.
  • 1957
    An EF-3 tornado tore through the Oak Cliff area in Dallas, killing 10 and destroying hundreds of homes.
  • 1916
    The Tarrant County Chapter, later known as the Chisholm Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross is chartered.
  • 1908
    The Trinity River floods, leaving 4,000 people homeless. A small group of passionate and committed individuals pulled together to support victims and later founded the Dallas Area Chapter of the American Red Cross in 1911.