Equity in creating Safe, Healthy, and Resilient Communities
The American Red Cross mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of disaster. Recovering from disasters often means overcoming barriers in housing, health, and hunger, which have a disproportionate effect on communities of color and the socially vulnerable. The Resilient Community Project aims to amplify our efforts to prevent and prepare for disasters by working with like-minded organizations whose missions are connected to our work.
The Resilient Community Project will leverage the Red Cross work in preparedness and help bridge racial, ethnic, and minority disparities in housing, health, and hunger for families in local at-risk neighborhoods. As we meet the community with our mission, we witness how vulnerable families are disproportionately affected by these driving factors of poverty. Through collaboration among partners, we will deploy resources to increase local resiliency and serve those needing assistance.
Alongside ongoing support between partners and the community, we are hosting a series of community events in these Greater Columbus Chapter neighborhoods. Families can participate in fun and educational activities, while taking part in onsite opportunities for life-saving trainings, diverse blood supply education, and physical and behavioral health screenings.
To mitigate the impact of disaster displacement, we are focused on supporting the challenges families face in housing, health, and hunger and how they cope with the growing threat of extreme weather.
Diverse Blood Supply
To educate on benefits of donating blood for personal health and the community’s
Arm people with the skills, preparedness education, and confidence to save lives
Home Fire Preparedness
Prepare families by create evacuation plans, home safety checks, and install free smoke alarms.
Disaster Response Volunteers
Recruit volunteers from the community who speak the same primary language and reflect the diverse families we are helping to aid in a disaster
Create positive experiences which inspire new conversations and provide a platform for learning the needs of the community and how we can support its’ growth