When disasters strike across the world, the Red Cross is often first on the ground providing basic necessities such as food, shelter and emotional support.
But the Red Cross doesn’t just show up during emergencies in these countries—instead, teams work in communities before disasters take place. The American Red Cross has invested in preparedness around the world to help reduce the damage done by natural disasters and keep more people out of harm’s way.
What does this look like in practice? Scroll through the photos of preparedness work in Ecuador to find out.
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 visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.