As a partner of a network of 186 Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide, the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter was founded in 1918 as a chartered unit of the American National Red Cross. The chapter serves the 815,000 residents of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Point Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.
In the years since its founding, the chapter has evolved with the needs of our community, but our core mission remains focused on alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Disaster Action Team members are volunteers – people like you – who respond to the call day or night to help local people affected by disasters.
The most-common disaster is the single-family home fire. On an average of once every 18 hours, Red Cross DAT members are on the scene in Capital Area to help a family whose home has been damaged or destroyed by fire. They assess the situation, provide for emergency needs and coordinate with other agencies to help the family on the road to recovery.
Our communities are vulnerable to hurricane wind and storm surge damage. And our volunteers may be called upon to work in evacuation, pre-landfall sheltering, damage assessment, bulk distribution and casework, not only here at home, but across South Louisiana and in other coastal locations.
The American Red Cross is chartered by Congress to provide assistance to disaster victims, but we do not receive government funding to do this. We rely on you. Your financial contributions and volunteer efforts make it possible to offer our disaster assistance at no charge to our clients. All volunteer training is free. To learn how you can get involved, check out the Volunteer section of this site.
The Louisiana Capital Area Chapter is a partner agency of the Capital Area United Way.
History of the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross
2009Moved into new facility – a gift of the Kuwait Red Crescent Society and the people of Kuwait who financed the building, which includes a massive warehouse.
2005Responded to and led recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina, one of the deadliest and most destructive hurricanes in U.S. history, and Hurricane Rita, which came right on the heels. The Katrina response is the largest single disaster relief effort ever undertaken by the American Red Cross.
1992Responded to Hurricane Andrew, which brought destruction that, at the time, was the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.
1977Responded to floods that devastated areas throughout the Baton Rouge region, including areas near the Amite, Comite and Tickfaw rivers.
1927Responded to the Great Mississippi River Floods.
1918Supported Military through World War I. Responded to the world-wide influenza epidemic.
1917Chapter chartered in the Baton Rouge area.