Honoring the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is a national organization that provides support to citizens and communities in need. From blood drives to hurricane or tornado relief, the Red Cross is a steadfast organization willing to provide aid at anytime.
Similar to 9-1-1, I think the Red Cross is a service that many people know is there if they need it, but do not spend a lot of time really thinking about or understanding exactly what they do, or how much they do. So what does the Red Cross do?
- Disaster Relief: The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the US every year (according to redcross.org) ranging from home fires affecting a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands. The Red Cross provides shelter, food, health and mental health services and support to help those in need get back on their feet
- Supporting Military Families: providing the support and resources to prepare for, cope with and respond to the challenges of military service. Through their training, support and resources the Red Cross helps an average of 150,000 military families and veterans annually
- Blood: The Red Cross is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the US. Each year nearly 4 million people donate blood through the Red Cross, providing more than 40% of America’s blood supply
- Health and Safety Services: The nation’s leading provider, the Red Cross offers health and safety courses such as CPR, First Aid and Lifeguard training. Each year more than 9 million Americans participate in these programs including first responders, educators, babysitters and those that want to be more prepared to help others in an emergency
While 9-1-1 is an immediate resource people dial to respond to any emergency, the Red Cross is the support network that comes in for long term response, rehabilitation and recovery. We honor and thank all the dedicated employees and volunteers who make a significant difference in their community.
- Donate – support your local chapter, disaster relief or wherever the need is greatest
- Take a Class – gain skills needs to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
- Give Blood – search for a local blood drive or Red Cross center to donate blood or platelets
- Volunteer – search for opportunities in your community or be an advocate with social media
And of course we encourage you to create your Safety Profile with Smart911. Providing valuable details such as your blood type for EMS response, access points to your home in the event of an evacuation or even details on your pets who may need to be rescued or sheltered in the event of a natural disaster helps all response and support organizations.