The American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter provides 24-hour emergency assistance to people affected by fires, floods and other disasters. When a disaster occurs, Red Cross volunteers are on the scene immediately, providing a place to sleep, warm meals, clothing and counseling. Red Cross disaster relief services focus on meeting the immediate emergency needs of those affected and offering the support, information and resources necessary to help them recover from disaster.
The American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter works every day to ensure our community is ready for a disaster by building a corps of volunteers and partners who are trained and able to activate immediately. At the same time, the Red Cross is pre-positioning supplies, making improvements to systems, and helping to nurture the interagency and corporate collaboration that will be so essential to the community’s recovery following a disaster.
First Aid, CPR, Water Safety and Disaster Preparedness Education
As one of the region’s largest educational providers, the American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter trains thousands of people each year in lifesaving skills through community and workplace courses offered throughout the area. Many certified courses fulfill Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. Some courses are offered in Spanish.
• First Aid
• Water Safety
• NYS First Aid for Coaches
• NYS First Aid for Child Care Providers
• Wilderness First Aid / When Help is Delayed
As part of the world’s largest humanitarian network, the American Red Cross helps people around the world to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters, complex humanitarian emergencies and life-threatening health conditions. This includes emergency communication and tracing services, which reconnect families separated by armed conflict and disasters, as well as support of global campaigns to eradicate measles and malaria. The Red Cross also educates the public about international humanitarian law through community courses and a special educator training and professional development program.
Service to the Armed Forces
Through our global communication and support network, the American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter provides emergency communications and other services to support military families. The Red Cross connects families of active-duty, guard and reserve service members, relaying urgent messages to and from service members stationed anywhere in the world. The Red Cross also provides counseling, referrals and access to financial assistance in partnership with the military aid societies.
The American Red Cross is one of the largest providers of blood products to hospitals in New York State. The Red Cross collects blood nearly every day of the year through voluntary donations in Western New York. Accident victims, premature babies, people undergoing cancer treatment, organ recipients, and many others rely on the generosity of blood donors to ensure that blood is available when it's needed.