Red Cross Americorps members Amanda Hidalgo and Chiamaka Okeke conduct a Pillowcase Project preparedness presentation for 3rd-5th grader students at Foster Elementary School in Compton, CA. Photo by Federica Brecha/American Red Cross
The American Red Cross offers tools, trainings, and programs to help you and your community prepare for a major disaster.
Explore the options listed below to learn about the best programs for different subsets of your community
Preparedness Classes and Presentations
Trained Red Cross subject matter experts present basic preparedness information to get all members of your community group or organization Red Cross Ready.
All preparedness classes and presentations are free.
You can request a preparedness presentation using the links below.
Certain communities are eligible for free or reduced-cost Red Cross Training and Certification programs. These classes get you trained and certified as quickly as possible while obtaining life-saving knowledge and skills designed to keep you prepared in the event of an emergency.
Smoke Alarm Installation
A working smoke alarm reduces the chances of dying in a home fire by 50%.Click the links below to see if your home is eligible to receive a free smoke alarm installed as part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.
Members of your community group can volunteer to help further the mission of the Red Cross.
Volunteer as a Disaster Action Team Responder - Red Cross volunteers respond to thousands of disasters every day, the majority of which are home fires. Start training now to be a part of a Disaster Action Team in your community. Learn about volunteer opportunities »
Sound the Alarm, Save a Life – Install Smoke Alarms - Help prevent needless tragedies in communities across Southern California by volunteering to install free smoke alarms. Learn More »
Become a Blood Services volunteer – there are many ways, besides giving blood, to support Red Cross blood drives and maintain your community’s supply of lifesaving blood
Join or Start a Red Cross Youth Club - Red Cross Clubs are an integral part of the American Red Cross, providing students opportunities for training, leadership development and the ability to choose activities that address their community’s greatest needs.
Become a Faith Based Affiliate - If your place of worship is located within Los Angeles County, you may be eligible to become an official Faith Based Affiliate of the American Red Cross by committing to help prepare your community. Learn More »
Give Blood and Host a Blood Drive
One person can help save hundreds of lives by hosting a blood drive. It's a rewarding experience.
Self-Guided Preparedness Programs
Whether or not your community is eligible for free or reduced-cost PrepareSoCal programs, the Red Cross offers free self-guided assessments to help you prepare for disaster.
Say “I’m Ready.” – Check your preparedness with this self-guided tool and see if you can tell the world “I’m Ready.” Learn More »
American Red Cross Ready Rating Program A free, self-guided program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Learn More »