At the Neighborhood Church shelter in Chico, CA, Daniel Nieves grieves the loss of his friends, who perished in the Camp Fire. Red Cross volunteers Pamela Harris and Vicki Eichstaedt listen and offer comfort as Daniel remembers a special friendship. Photo by Daniel Cima/American Red Cross
Why We Focus On Vulnerable Communities
Because disasters impact entire communities, effective disaster preparedness requires an investment from everyone: individuals, schools, businesses and local governments must be empowered to help create safe communities.
The City of Los Angeles states that critical services may disrupted after a hazardous event or disaster and that individuals and families should prepare to be self-sufficient for at least seven to 14 days after a major shock. (Resilient Los Angeles, March 2018)
That’s why PrepareSoCal is working to bring resiliency planning, CPR and First Aid training, and to the people who will be the first on the scene when disaster strikes: members of the communities themselves.
With the help of local business, government, first responders, the nonprofit sector, community-based organizations and faith-based organizations, the American Red Cross is helping to forge resiliency plans with communities across Southern California that share the common goal of keeping our communities safe in the face of disaster.
Learn how the American Red Cross and its partners use hazard and demographic maps to identify communities of focus.
List of Communities
Across Southern California, Red Cross staff and volunteers are coordinating their efforts while implementing the goals and programs of PrepareSoCal in the way that best addresses the needs of their communities. Use the links below to find out what is happening in each region's communities of focus.
Central California Region
The southern areas of the Central California Region have faced some of the largest wildfires in California’s history, witnessing firsthand the importance of emergency preparedness with a strategic focus on communities with socioeconomic vulnerabilities and increased geographical risks.
Los Angeles Region
In Los Angeles, PrepareSoCal is built around a community-led model to identify where socioeconomic, geographic and environmental disaster risks pose a grave threat to the viability of community life.
Desert to the Sea Region
The American Red Cross Desert to the Sea Region and over 130 partners - are empowering community members throughout Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.
Los Angeles County
The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region serves over 10 million people in 88 cities within Los Angeles County. Within this region, 15 vulnerable communities are home to special resiliency coalitions.