Everyone knows the Red Cross helps people during emergencies. But you may not know that it’s also part of our mission to help you help yourself! Becoming “Red Cross Ready” for an emergency means following our simple steps in advance to ensure you can weather a crisis safely and comfortably. Being prepared may not prevent a disaster, but it will give you confidence to meet the challenge.
Now that you know which types of emergencies to plan for, browse our Emergency Resource Library to learn what to do before, during and after specific events like hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and more.
Some people may need extra attention during an emergency - planning ahead is crucial. Don’t forget your furry family members either!
Emergencies are frightening and stressful even for adults – and can be even more so for children. Acknowledging their natural feelings and providing age-appropriate information can help children feel less anxious.
When an emergency occurs, mobility challenges and hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities can add complication. We offer practical advice on getting informed, making a plan, assembling a kit, and keeping your plans up to date.
Older adults are assets in the community and will often be looked to for their wisdom and the unique gifts they can offer in a disaster. Being prepared and ready before and during such an event will greatly impact your ability to help and be helped during an emergency or disaster.
Is your workplace prepared for emergency? American Red Cross Ready Rating™ is a first-of-its-kind membership program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies.