Mr. Fred Rogers talks about how to find hope during a catastrophe. Every 8 minutes, the American Red Cross responds to a disaster; providing emergency shelter, hot meals and financial support to families in need. When you look for the helpers, you’ll know that there’s hope.
Are you prepared for an emergency? What will you do if you have to evacuate your home during a fire or a flood? What if you are unable to return home after an earthquake? Do you have important items gathered into an emergency preparedness kit? How will you communicate and reconnect with your family, friends and people in your life after a disaster?
There are simple steps you, your family and your community can take to ensure you are prepared for any type of disaster. The Red Cross is here to help.
Disaster can strike at any time. Whether it’s a house fire at 3 a.m. or a 9.0 magnitude earthquake at 3 p.m., a single disaster can change your physical, emotional and financial health in a matter of seconds. And while the American Red Cross and other partner agencies work 365 days a year to prevent and respond to emergencies, disaster preparedness starts with you.
Preparedness Resource Guide
Our resource guide will guide you through the steps you and your family need to follow to be self-sufficient after a major disaster. It will inform you about your disaster risks, walk you through making a family disaster plan and guide you step-by-step in creating a disaster kit. Download it here:
The Red Cross has many tools to help keep you and your loved ones safe. From detailed information about how to plan for specific events, or more general information about preparedness, you can find it here.
Prepare Your Workplace
Learn how to prepare your workplace for a disaster and ensure employees have the tools to help co-workers who may need immediate, emergency care. Take a free AED class at the Oregon Red Cross or join the American Red Cross Ready Rating™ program.
Schedule a Red Cross Presentation
Are you interested in making sure your family, school, co-workers and community are prepared? Schedule a presentation to get your community prepared before disaster strikes.
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 collect blood every day from donors who help ensure a safe supply of blood when it’s needed.
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.