Our volunteers are always available to help local residents who’ve suffered a disaster such as fire, flood, earthquake, or hazardous conditions such as chemical spills.
Red Cross services to disaster victims are always free of charge.
For Disaster Assistance, all counties 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Service to the Armed Forces and their families
The American Red Cross provides around-the-clock emergency communications between members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their loved ones. Red Cross assistance is required to verify family emergencies that require the presence of the service member. We also provide family counseling, social service referrals and may provide financial assistance in emergencies.
Restoring Family Links: reuniting families separated by conflict or disaster
Our International Tracing Services can help families who are separated by armed conflict or disaster a way to restore contact. These services include locating missing loved ones, exchanging family messages and securing travel documents from the International Committee of the Red Cross to reunite separated family members.
Disaster Action Team (DAT)
Disaster Action Team members are the first American Red Cross volunteers who respond to calls for local disaster assistance.
After a Disaster: How To Recover
Here are ideas to help you recover from a disaster. You will also find ideas on what you can do to help make yourself and your home safer from future disasters.
Your own and your family's emotional care and recovery are just as important as rebuilding a home and healing physical injuries. You may be surprised at how you and others may feel after a disaster. Disasters can stir up many different feelings and thoughts. People may experience fear concerning their safety or that of a loved one, shock, disbelief, grief, anger and guilt. Memory problems, anxiety and/or depression are also possible after experiencing a disaster.
The days following a disaster can be confusing and frightening. If possible, avoid making major financial decisions during this time and do not hesitate to seek psychological counseling to help deal with the trauma. Some financial issues, however, must be addressed without delay. This information can guide you through the steps you may need to take.
Checking Your Home
If you had to leave your home, return only when local authorities advise that it is safe to do so. Also, be sure to have photo identification available that shows your address, because sometimes local authorities will only permit people who own property in a disaster-affected area back into it.
Checking Utilities and Major Systems
Utilities and other major systems in your home may have been damaged. The following information may help you troubleshoot specific systems such as telephones, electrical systems, climate control systems and plumbing.