American Red Cross Unveils Redesigned Redcross.org

SAN DIEGO, August 23, 2012 – The American Red Cross has rolled out a redesigned website, redcross.org/sandiego, to enable people to easily find help and to empower them to help others through their donations of time, blood or money. The redesigned site also provides a better user experience for people who want to take a Red Cross course and be prepared for emergencies.

“The Red Cross continually works to modernize technology capabilities to perform its lifesaving mission," said Joe Craver, CEO of the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross. “We are delighted to share the new site to enable the community we serve to get help quickly and easily, and empower residents to give help by taking a class, volunteering their time or by financially supporting our mission.”

Earlier in the year the Red Cross unveiled its new brand identity, which honors the history of the Red Cross while seeking to appeal to a new generation of volunteers and donors. The redesigned website continues the organization’s evolution, and invites people to become part of the Red Cross. Building on the leadership of the Red Cross in the social media space, the redesigned site features a greater emphasis on user-generated content and contributions.

Additional features of the redesigned redcross.org include:

  • The use of geo-location to tailor a user’s site experience and make it more relevant. For example, a person in a state impacted by wildfires may have a different site experience than a person in a state affected by hurricanes.
  • An improved financial donation process and online course scheduling experience, which includes the ability to search for courses by geography or date. Users can see their transaction history for courses and donations and know the impact that they have made. They can also manage their profile and billing information, including their monthly donations, and manage their course registrations online.
  • The integration of Red Cross content from across the country. Over time, a site visitor will see the impact that their local Red Cross is having in their community, as well as learn how the Red Cross is responding to disasters nationally and internationally.
  • A new mobile-optimized site. The Red Cross needs to be wherever people go, which makes mobile optimization and other mobile activities vital to the Red Cross.
  • The launch of the redesigned website follows the recently released Red Cross First Aid App, which has achieved an average 4.0/5.0 user rating so far. The First Aid App can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross.

    About the American Red Cross, San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter

    The American Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on the generosity of the American people to provide our programs and services. The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; 24-hour emergency services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information about or to support the chapter please contact (858) 309-1200 or visit www.redcross.org/sandiego. Please also connect with us on Facebook and YouTube.