The Red Cross helps disaster victims by providing safe shelter, hot meals, essential relief supplies, emotional support and health services like first aid. Trained Red Cross workers often meet one-on-one with families to develop individual plans and identify available resources to help aid recovery.
Post Disaster Cleanup Information programs provide cleanup tips for people whose homes or businesses have been damaged following a fire, flood, earthquake or other emergency. Included may be things to consider when choosing a restoration company as well as specific suggestions regarding health and safety issues as well as practical advice (e.g., how to deal with soggy carpets, how to clean wooden floors, how to safely dispose of debris) if people choose to tackle the cleanup job themselves.
Post Disaster Cleanup Tools/Supplies programs that supply chain saws, axes, shovels, buckets, gloves, mops, brooms, sponges, cleaning products and other materials that are needed in cleanup efforts following a major disaster or large-scale emergency that has wreaked havoc on the community.
Post Disaster Crisis Counseling programs that provide short-term, in-person, disaster-oriented, emotional support and problem solving assistance in a variety of settings for individuals and families who are attempting to deal with their fears and other negative psychological after-effects of a major disaster or large-scale emergency that disrupts the normal functioning of a community. Post-disaster crisis counseling helps disaster victims cope with their losses, establish priorities for their immediate future, identify and work with psychological roadblocks and develop the positive skills they will need to feel in control of their lives and begin to recover.
Extreme Cold Warming Centers Programs that provide daytime or evening access to heated facilities during times of extreme cold for people who are temporarily at risk for exposure due to a power failure, fuel shortage, road closure, homelessness or other situations which make them vulnerable.
Extreme Heat Cooling Programs Programs that provide access to air conditioned facilities, extend the hours during which public swimming pools and local spray grounds are open, activate street shower sites or take other steps to protect the public’s health during dangerously hot weather. Some communities operate hotlines that residents can call if they see people on the street who are in distress due to the heat so that vans can be dispatched to take victims to cooling centers or other places of shelter. At greatest risk during heat emergencies are older adults, young children, individuals with compromised immune systems and people who take certain types of medication. Existing health conditions such as chronic illness, hypertension, circulatory problems, and obesity can also heighten an individual’s vulnerability.