We help our Louisiana communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies
The only organization chartered by Congress to provide relief, the American Red Cross provides disaster assistance for free – made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. Last year our region:
Responded to 1,530 local disasters
Helped 2,000 families rebuild their lives following a disaster
Provided 22,300 people with preparedness and resiliency training. (The more prepared you are for emergencies, the more quickly you recover!)
Trained 39,100 people in health and safety techniques. Thirty-five of those trainees reported that they used these skills to save or sustain a life
Connected 1,800 local military members and their loved ones
. . . and much, much more!
Although the American Red Cross is not a government agency, its authority to provide disaster relief was formalized in 1905, when Congress chartered the Red Cross to "carry on a system of national and international relief in time of peace and apply that system in mitigating the sufferings caused by pestilence, famine, fire, floods, and other great national calamities, and to devise and carry on measures for preventing those calamities."
Community Resiliency: Ready Rating Program
The Ready Rating program is a free, self-guided program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Members complete a 123-point self-assessment that has been aligned with the federal government's Private Sector Preparedness standards (PS-Prep). Membership in the Ready Rating program is free and simple.
When disaster strikes, the Red Cross is ready to provide a place to sleep, warm meals, clothing, emotional support and hope to those affected.
We could have just the opportunity you’re looking for ... whether it's training to respond to disasters, supporting a blood drive, delivering messages to members of our military, or connecting families displaced by conflict, we hope you'll join our mission.
We offer training in first aid, CPR/AED, swimming and water safety, care giving and more.
Service to the Armed Forces
We relay urgent messages between U.S. service members and their families through our global communications.
Home Fire Campaign
The American Red Cross is launching a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25% over the next five years through the Home Fire Preparedness Safety Campaign.
With more than a century of experience, the American Red Cross works with the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network to meet the needs of the world’s most vulnerable communities.