Prepare for Emergencies

  • Preparing For Emergencies

Avoid Potential Disasters with Preparation and Prevention

You often see members of the American Red Cross in the news: at the scene of a house fire, flood or other natural disaster. Our volunteers are always there to help people find shelter, reunite with family members and put their lives back in order. We take disaster response very seriously. But we also firmly believe that the best approach to disaster is to try to prevent it altogether – or at the very least, be appropriately prepared to respond and recover.

We offer a range of training, programs and educational materials designed to help you cope with a wide variety of challenges you may face from the threat of an emergency. From house fires to extreme weather, injuries to evacuations, we have resources to help you prevent, prepare for and respond to life’s emergencies.

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For Home and Family:

Get tips on making sure the entire family is safe at home, including special insights for your youngest and oldest family members – and the four legged ones, too!

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For Schools & Students:

Parents and teachers can find information on preventing, preparing for and managing emergency situations that occur in the classroom.

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For Workplace & Employees:

Both at your worksite and during your daily commute, Red Cross training can help you cope with virtually any life-threatening situation.

Commit to Preparedness: Join the Red Cross Ready Rating Program

Is your business, organization or school prepared for emergency? If you’re like most of us, the answer is no, you’re not as prepared as you would like to be. It can be difficult to know where to begin – and where to go from there.

That’s why we created the American Red Cross Ready Rating™ program, a free, self-paced program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Members complete a 123-point self-assessment of your level of preparedness to reveal areas for improvement. You’ll learn tips and best practices so you don’t feel like you’re alone out there. And most importantly, you’ll commit to improving your readiness score each year – because preparedness is a continuous process and not a one-time effort.

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