Down the Street. Across the Country. Around the World. The American Red Cross helps people affected by disasters. Internationally, we accomplish this by working with the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network and other partners to deliver lifesaving services. We help meet urgent needs by:
- Deploying disaster experts to assess the humanitarian needs, organize relief distributions and provide emergency shelter;
- Mobilizing relief supplies, ranging from tarps and blankets to cooking items and hygiene supplies;
- Contributing financial assistance to support the local purchase and delivery of relief supplies, and other essential services such as emergency shelter, health care, clean water and emotional support; and
- Reconnecting families that are separated across borders by war or disaster.
In 2011, the American Red Cross responded to powerful earthquakes and tsunamis, social and political conflicts, and widespread floods in more than 20 countries. We also continued to support earthquake recovery efforts in Haiti and Japan.