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Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance 50th Anniversary

  • Vietnam
    Vietnam In Quang Ngai, emergency response teams practice a water rescue during a community-wide emergency drill.
  • Columbia
    Colombia A husband and wife team demonstrates the proper way to extinguish a fire in Calarcá, where children, adults and teenagers are all active participants in simulated emergency exercises like this one.
  • Ecuador
    Ecuador Community members in coastal Ecuador create maps for emergency evacuation that include things like family meeting points and houses of elderly people who cannot evacuate on their own.
  • Bahamas
    Bahamas People from Central Andros accept a water tank, pump and trailer from the Bahamas Red Cross for use by trained Community Disaster Response Teams, who are often the first to respond to local disasters.
  • Indonesia
    Indonesia Red Cross workers in the swamplands of Aceh Jaya plant mangroves to reduce the impact of storm surges associated with hurricanes and tsunamis.
The American Red Cross is committed to preparing communities for emergency situations to keep people safe and reduce the impact of natural disasters.

The Red Cross is known around the world for providing relief to communities affected by disaster, but we also understand the importance of being ready before a disaster strikes.

The American Red Cross is committed to preparing communities for emergency situations to keep people safe and reduce the impact of natural disasters. Thanks to the support of the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, the American Red Cross is able to send teams to high-risk communities across the globe to help them prepare for disasters.

In honor of their 50th anniversary, we put together a slideshow of a few of our American Red Cross disaster preparedness programs that received OFDA funding and support.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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