Since March is Red Cross month, now is a good time to get involved with one of the nation’s leading humanitarian organizations dedicated to assisting people in need throughout the United States and the world. Since 2006, the Red Cross and FEMA have worked together to help government agencies and community organizations provide food, shelter, and family reunification services for people affected by disasters.
Each year, the Red Cross responds to about 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the U.S. In the past this organization and its partners have opened 1,400 evacuation shelters for disaster survivors, provided services for nearly 450,000 evacuees, and provided more than 68 million hot meals in the U.S. alone.
To provide these services, the Red Cross depends on public support. There are many ways to get involved. You can make a donation, volunteer in your community, give blood, or become a digital advocate, among other things. To learn more about how you can help, visit www.RedCross.org.
FREE Mobile Apps from the Red Cross
The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the official American Red Cross First Aid app gives you instant access to the information you need to know to handle the most common first aid emergencies.
The Red Cross Swim App will help you keep your swimmer motivated, while providing you the latest in water safety guidance to help ensure your family stays safe in, on and around the water. Download it directly from the Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon Marketplace.
Monster Guard is the first mobile app created by the American Red Cross that’s designed specifically for kids. Follow Maya, Chad, Olivia and all the monsters as they teach kids (aged 7-11) about how to prepare for real-life emergencies – at home plus other environments – in a fun and engaging game. Sponsored by Disney, this free app is available to download on iOS and Android mobile and tablet devices.
Got pets? Take care of your furry family member. The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app provides advice for everyday veterinary emergencies. Get the app and be prepared to help your pet. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid.