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."