Disasters create a wide range of emergency needs, more than any one organization can meet. The American Red Cross works closely with local, state and federal disaster response providers.
During a disaster, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, emotional support, health services, clean-up supplies and comfort items. All of this makes a significant difference in the safety and emotional well-being of people we help, getting them back to their normal lives as quickly as possible.
In a prepared community, the Red Cross has trained personnel and volunteers and equipment ready to respond immediately to a disaster whenever and wherever an emergency may occur.
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It’s important to prepare for possible disasters and other emergencies. Natural and human-caused disasters can strike suddenly, at anytime and anywhere. There are three actions everyone can take that can help make a difference:
Get A Kit
Every family should have at least 3 to 7 days’ worth of supplies on hand in an easy-to-carry evacuation kit.
Make your own kit by following the instructions in the Be Red Cross Ready brochure, or purchase a kit from our online store.
Make a Plan
Talk with your family and come up with a communication and evacuation plan so that everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency.
Learn about what disasters and emergencies could potentially affect you. Learn first aid and CPR so that you have the skills and confidence to help when someone in your home, your neighborhood or workplace is injured.