When a disaster hits a community in the United States, the American Red Cross responds by providing food, water, shelter and relief supplies. The same occurs in other countries during typical disasters. However, when large-scale events occur, such as in the Philippines, the Global Red Cross network kicks into action to provide relief.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.