Central America

Overview

Map

Map of American Red Cross Services in Central America

Disaster Preparedness

The American Red Cross is preparing some of the region’s most disaster-prone communities for future emergencies. Alongside local Red Cross partners, we train people in first aid, disaster preparedness, emergency response, and shelter management. We help neighborhoods to recognize their specific vulnerabilities and devise plans to reduce risks.

We work with communities to establish early warning systems using sirens and megaphones, dig drainage ditches to reduce flooding and standing water, map evacuation routes, and a spectrum of other activities.

Kids in Costa Rica line up during a school evacuation drill. The Red Cross is helping them prepare for bad weather and other emergencies.

Building Resilience

Resilience is the ability to respond and adapt to changing circumstances. Resilient communities, then, are ones that can react to and rebuild from disasters and emergencies quickly.

Our programs in Central America reduce neighborhoods’ vulnerabilities and increase their ability to remain healthy, connected and organized. We emphasize proactive community engagement and embrace communities’ roles as conveners, resource brokers and catalysts.

Through this initiative, people assess, analyze and map the most significant, locally-prevalent hazards that put their communities at risk. Then, we help them to create strategies and action plans that reduce those risks. Recent projects include: providing educational outreach to improve health and hygiene, retrofitting shelters, and installing drainage systems to reduce standing water. In Central America, we are implementing resilience initiatives in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

We provide educational outreach to improve health and hygiene, retrofitting shelters, and installing drainage systems to reduce standing water.

Local Partners

Each country’s Red Cross society plays a vital role in preparing communities for disasters and responding to humanitarian needs when emergencies strike. For this reason, the American Red Cross invests in strengthening the capacity of our local Red Cross partners in the region. Together, we identify priority areas for improvement—which may include partnership-building, human resource management, fundraising, governance, and project monitoring and evaluation—and then we help them to achieve these objectives. In Central America, we are implementing resilience initiatives in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.
Red Cross works to strengthen local partners like this Guatamalan Red Cross volunteer.

Regional Representative

Dr. Brito is based in our regional delegation office in Lima, Peru.