Disaster Preparedness

  • Men working to clean up after a disaster

More than 200 million people are affected by disasters each year. Protect yourself, your family and your community and our world by taking steps to be prepared.

The American Red Cross is expanding support for international disaster preparedness and risk reduction programs by:

  • Working with communities to better understand the risks they face
  • Identifying cost-effective early warning systems to better predict and react to threats
  • Developing community action plans such as evacuation routes and emergency shelters
Where possible, your support also helps the Red Cross identify projects that reduce disaster risks and damage, such as planting trees, building flood embankments, improving drainage systems or building hazard-resistant houses.