Preparedness matters, and the Red Cross offers multiple options to prepare the whole family, both in and out of the home, for the unknown.
We’re fortunate to live in a beautiful and geographically-diverse area of the country here in Northern California. However, it’s an area that is prone to major disasters, among them wildfires and earthquakes. While we can’t predict when a disaster will strike, we can prepare for one, which is why the Red Cross offers both online and in-person options for preparing everyone in the household, the workplace, and beyond.
Home Fire Campaign
Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Working smoke alarms decrease the risk of death from home fire by 50 percent. The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign seeks to end home fires by installing free smoke alarms in homes across the country. Learn more about this campaign and how to request free smoke alarms for your home by visiting our region’s Home Fire Campaign page.
The Pillowcase Project
Elementary School Preparedness Program
The Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for grades 3-5 that teaches students about personal and family preparedness and safety skills, local hazards, and basic coping skills. Red Cross volunteers lead students through a “Learn, Practice, Share” framework to engage them in disaster preparedness and survival skills. Upon completion, students receive a sturdy pillowcase in which to build their personal emergency supplies kit.
Prepare with Pedro
Preparedness is for all ages, especially kids!
Prepare with Pedro is a 30- to 45-minute preparedness education program for grades K-2 that teaches students how to be prepared and take action for either home fires or a local hazard.
A free Red Cross preparedness tool for the workplace
Ready Rating is a program that helps businesses, schools and organizations become prepared for disasters and other emergencies. All in one place, Ready Rating members have access to one-of-a-kind tools, resources and information for evaluating and improving their ability to withstand disaster, maintain operations, and protect lives and property.
Be Red Cross Ready
Understanding and Preparing for Disasters
Be Red Cross Ready is a national, standardized preparedness program taught by a certified presenter. The curriculum goes beyond the standard 3-step preparedness plan by helping attendees understand, prepare for, and respond appropriately to year-round disasters like home fires and regional disasters like wildfires.
Join us at 5:30pm PT every fourth Tuesday of the month for a free online preparedness class to ready your home for potential disasters.