The Red Cross L.A. Region focuses on meeting the immediate emergency needs of area disaster victims at least once a day. Depending on the circumstances, Red Cross assistance may include: shelter, food, clothing, toiletry items, clean-up items, help in obtaining prescription refills or medical equipment, mental health support, and referrals to organizations that help with long-term needs.
In addition to providing client services at disaster scenes, the Red Cross handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area. In addition, Red Cross volunteers deliver snacks and drinks to emergency responders, including firefighters and police.
All disaster assistance is free, provided through the generosity of the American public.
If you or someone you know recently experienced a natural or man-made disaster and needs assistance, please call the Red Cross at (800) 675-5799. This hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For information about other types of assistance not related to immediate disaster needs, you may find help through L.A. County’s 211 program. This resource provides free, confidential information about non-profit and governmental social services programs in Los Angeles County. You can dial 2-1-1 or (800) 339-6993 or visit http://www.211la.org.