Get prepared before disaster strikes! The American Red Cross provides easy-to-understand tools, tips and guidance on how to prepare your family for emergencies big and small. Please visit www.preparesocal.org to find free tools and resources, checklists, preparedness information and more. You can also click here to access the Red Cross Emergency Resource Library.
American Red Cross volunteers can provide literature and information about Red Cross programs, services and volunteer opportunities at your next event. Common community outreach events include booths at community preparedness expos and employee health fairs. Table and chairs must be provided by the event host. A minimum of 100 event attendees is required.
Community Preparedness Education Presentations
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. Presentations are approximately one hour and can be tailored to your group or organization’s needs. A minimum of 25 individuals and available seating for each audience member is required.
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.
Presentations last 30 minutes and offer businesses, schools and faith-based organizations tools to create or update their Emergency Action Plans. 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. A minimum of 10 participants, internet connection and available seating for each audience member is required.
The Pillowcase Project
Created and sponsored by Disney, 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 sturdy Disney 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. A minimum of 20 individuals and available seating for each audience member is required.
For more information about Red Cross preparedness and disaster education programs, for community outreach inquiries, or to request a free preparedness presentation, please click here.
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.
Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.
Through our Home Fire Campaign and signature Sound the Alarm events, we regularly host free smoke alarm installation events throughout Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. We're always looking for volunteers to help us install smoke alarms, provide residents with fire safety and preparedness information, and more. Your involvement can help save lives. Interested in getting involved as an individual, group, or team? Please click here for more information.