The Numbers Count!
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the Central Florida Region serves families throughout our community thanks to a team of 3,000 adult and youth volunteers. Together, these dedicated volunteers donate over 300,000 hours of community service a year. These hours translate into a highly trained and highly skilled team; a fun and supportive work environment; and the delivery of critical mission services to families in desperate need every day.
Volunteers respond to approximately 3 disasters a day; providing food, clothing, shelter, emotional and psychological support for over 4,000 people who face devastation in the wake of disaster every year. To reduce the impact of future disasters, our volunteers teach 400 community preparedness classes a year. About 40,000 individuals are more resilient to disaster after Red Cross preparedness training. Over 90 percent of the disasters the Red Cross responds to in the Central Florida Region are home fires and 60 percent of national home fire deaths occur in residences with no working smoke alarms. Through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign volunteers directly reduce the impact of home fires by installing 3,000 smoke alarms a year in high risk neighborhoods.
More than 20,000 children receive lifesaving classes to learn first aid, CPR, water safety, disease prevention, and disaster preparedness. Every year, 50,000 more people are trained to save a life using CPR, first aid, and an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).
More than 13,000 local military members and their families receive support from the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces program. The Red Cross provides emergency communications while service men and women are deployed and workshops and emergency support tailored to support their needs at home.
When disaster strikes, American Red Cross workers are among the first on the scene, providing food, shelter, supplies and hope. Red Cross nurses administer health care and liscenced mental health practitioners provide emotional support. Red Cross workers also provide referrals to aid in disaster recovery.
American Red Cross provides ongoing disaster services classes for volunteers and now offers free apps, including hurricane, first aid, tornado, wildfire, and earthquake, each featuring preparedness and sheltering information. Smart phone users may click here to download the apps.
Preparedness, Health & Safety Services
As one of the region’s largest educational providers, the American Red Cross trains residents in lifesaving skills through multi-language online, community and workplace courses. To learn more, click here, or call 1-800-Red-Cross.
Service to the Armed Forces
Through our global communications network, the American Red Cross provides emergency communications and other services, including counseling and financial assistance, to support military families. For more information, click here.
As part of the world’s largest humanitarian organization, the American Red Cross helps provide immediate relief and supports community recovery following international disasters. The Red Cross also educates the public about International Humanitarian Law.