Get Prepared AZ and NM!
The American Red Cross provides easy-to-understand tools, tips and guidance on how to prepare your family for emergencies. Below you will find different ways Red Cross volunteers reach out to help the community get prepared before disaster strikes! You can also click here to access the Red Cross Emergency Resource Library.
Community Preparedness Education
Volunteers learn important life-saving skills for every type of disaster and are ready to share this free information to the community through many different presentations. Our goal is to help alleviate human suffering before disaster strikes by making our whole community more resilient and better prepared with the right information to stay safe. Below are a few different presentations available:
Be Red Cross Ready
This presentation teaches individuals how to “Be Red Cross Ready” for an emergency or disaster by following three simple steps: 1) Get a Kit, 2) Make a Plan and 3) Be Informed. This presentation is offered to different age groups above 16 years of age and can be modified for seniors.
Ready Rating (Organizational Emergency Preparedness)
Facilitators will walk your business, school or organization through the free Red Cross Ready Rating program. This simple, online, step-by-step program makes developing an Emergency Action Plan easy. After completion of the program, Ready Rating members gain access to one-of-a-kind tools and resources for evaluating and improving their ability to withstand disasters, maintain operations and protect lives and property.
Prepare with Pedro
This 30-to 45-minute preparedness education program for grades K-2 teaches students how to stay safe from home fires. Students learn preparedness and coping skills and receive a storybook to share what they have learned with family members at home. This presentation is currently only offered in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
The Pillowcase Project
The Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for children in grades 3-5 that teaches students vital emergency preparedness information and helpful coping skills for stressful situations. Upon completion of the program, students receive a workbook and a sturdy pillowcase that they can use to build their own emergency kit. Presentations are customized to focus on hazards that are important and relevant to the local community.
This presentation teaches Hands-Only CPR, which can help a bystander provide life-saving care until professional responders arrive. Participants learn how to check for consciousness, call 911 and properly administer continuous chest compressions.
Health & Safety Training for Organizations
The Red Cross offers unparalleled flexibility in delivering health & safety training for organizations that meets Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines. Employees can be trained online, through regularly scheduled community classes, onsite at your location or the Red Cross can train the trainers in your organization to deliver Red Cross courses. Please click here for more information.
*These trainings are NOT free*
Home Fire Campaign
In 2014, the American Red Cross and its partners launched the Home Fire Campaign initiative, which aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires. The Red Cross is asking every household in America to join us in taking two simple steps that can save lives: checking or installing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home. Please click here for more information.
We are always looking for opportunities to connect with our community. Any time there is a major event we love the chance to attend and share our mission. Our volunteers typically will set up a table or event to share disaster preparedness skills, provide fun giveaways, and possibly engage with fun activities. If you have an upcoming event and would like Red Cross to attend, please notify our Volunteer Services team by emailing Danielle.Rudolph@RedCross.org. You can also view all of our upcoming events and more by connecting with us on social media:
For more information on Community Preparedness programs, please email: Jacob.Poleviyuma2@RedCross.org