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 and assisted more than 1,850 families after local disasters including home fires
Made 1,726 homes safer through home fire safety education and smoke alarm installations
Made nearly 3,000 youth safer through preparedness courses like The Pillowcase Project and Preparing with Pedro
Trained nearly 27,000 people in health and safety techniques
Opened more than 3,700 service cases for our active duty military, veterans and their family
Trained nearly 400 military and military-connected individuals in resiliency tactics
. . . 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.
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.