Together, We Can Save a Life
American Red Cross (Covington County Chapter) 234 Hillcrest Drive Andalusia, AL 36420
The Red Cross is committed to saving lives and easing suffering. This diverse organization serves humanity and provides relief to victims of disaster, both locally and globally. The Red Cross is responsible for half of the nation’s blood supply and blood products.
The Red Cross gives health and safety training to the public and provides emergency social services to U.S. military members and their families. In the wake of an earthquake, tornado, flood, fire, hurricane or other disaster, it provides relief services to communities across the country. The Red Cross is America's most trusted charity, and it needs the support of compassionate Americans to succeed.
Disaster Relief:The American Red Cross Disaster SErvices mission is to ensure nationwide disaster education, preparedness, and response that will provide the American people with quality services in a uniform, consistent, and responsive manner.
The American Red Cross responds to disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and fires, or other situations that cause human suffering or create human needs that those affected cannot alleviate without assistance. It is an independent, humanitarian, voluntary organization, not a government agency.
Red Cross Disaster Partners:On the local and national level, the Red Cross works together with government, business, labor unions, religious and community organizations as well as other voluntary agencies - identifying resources and roles, sharing information, and finding ways to ensure a coordinated and efficient response to any disaster that strikes. The Red Cross is also a member of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).
Planning for Action:Long before a disaster strikes, the Red Cross plans what it will do. A disaster response plan identifies what it will take to respond to various disasters, what resources are needed, and how they will be coordinated and used. As part of the planning process, Red Cross chapters also practice by participating in drills and exercises. Such planning enables chapters to respond efficiently and effectively.
Preparing to Respond:Every Red Cross chapter works continuously to be ready to respond by coordinating and collaborating with its disaster partners. As part of the process, chapters identify places to set up shelters and service centers, make arrangements with vendors for need supplies, and work with local merchants.
The ability to respond also depends on having people who are trained and ready. Each year the Red Cross trains thousands of people who can then provide consistent, quality services to people affected by disasters.
Nationwide Network of People and Resources:When a disaster threatens or strikes, dedicated paid and volunteer staff in over 1,400 communities around the country respond to the immediate needs of their neighbors. When a disaster exceeds the resources of the local Red Cross unit, a nationwide network of people and material resources is activated.
This network of trained disaster workers is composed of people from all walks of life, and all segments of the community, including youth and young adults. They offer skills and bring their life experiences to help when needed.
Material resources - supplies, vehicles, communications equipment, etc. - are strategically located around the U.S., its territories and possessions, and ready to move into a disaster affected area on a moment's notice.
Mitigating the Effects of Disasters:The Red Cross is engaged in several activities that support mitigation - actions or measures that can either prevent the occurance of a disaster or reduce the severity of its effects - and that can help save lives and property. From promoting mitigation awareness to serving advocates and helping identify mitigation resources, the Red Cross works together with the federal government to support the nation in taking more proactive steps to better protect people and property from disasters.
Helping the Public Stay Safe:The Red Cross is involved in helping individuals and families to get ready, stay safe, cope with, and recover from disasters through Community Disaster Education. The more you know, the better you'll be able to prepare for and deal with a disaster, if it strikes. Call your local chapter or visit the Red Cross wesite at www.redcross.org for more information about those disasters that can affect where you live. work, and travel.
Red Cross Services to People Affected by Disasters:The Red Cross works in partnership with people affected by disasters to help them return to living independently as quickly as possible.
Sheltering and Feeding: The Red Cross opens shelters for those evacuated or displaced by a disaster and provides meals and snacks to families and to emergency workers in impacted areas.
Individual and Family Assistance: Trained Red Cross interviewers meet one-on-one with individuals and families to determine their disaster-caused needs and how the Red Cross can help. The Red Cross also lets people know about other available community or government resources and helps those needing long-term recovery assistance when other resources are not available or are inadequate.
Disaster Health Services and Disaster Mental Health Services: When a disaster strikes, the Red Cross assists in meeting the physical and emotional health needs associated with the disaster.
Contacting Family in the Disaster Area: If a loved one is in the affected area, family members from outside the area can call their l;ocal Red Cross chapter and request assistance in determining the well-being of their family member.
How Can You Help: There are many ways you can become involved in Disaster Services or help your community through the Red Cross.
Giving Your Time and Skills: Start by contacting your local chapter, and ask to speak with someone about volunteering with Disaster Services. Let your chapter know about your skills and interest, and they'll match them with Red Cross disaster activities.
Giving Through a Donation of Blood: In a disaster, the Red Cross makes blood and blood products available. Give the gift of lLife. Contact your local chapter and ask where you can donate blood.
Giving a Gift of Goods and Services: The Red Cross discourages individual donations of food and used clothing, but will work with other relief agencies to make these items available.Under certain circumstances, the Red Cross does accept corporate contributions of goods and services that are needed during a disaster relief operation. The best way to assist the Red Cross with donations of goods and services is to esplore the possibilties long before the disaster strikes.If you think your company might be able to donate potentially useful items during a disaster, please contact your local chapter or call the Red Cross hotline at 1-800-7IN-KIND.
Giving Through a Financial Contribution: You of the best ways you can help the Red Cross assist people affected by disasters is to make a financial contribution to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.You may use your credit card to make a financial contribution by calling 1-800-HELPNOW or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish).Or send a check to your local chapter or to P. O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Your check should be made payable to "American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund."
All Red Cross Assistance is given free of charge. This is made possible by the generous contribution of people's time, money and skills.
If you need help, call toll free 1-866-GET-INFO (1-866-438-4636)or visit www.redcross.org.
"We're there when you need us."