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  • Webinar: Local Partnerships Between the American Red Cross and CERT

    Check out these great American Red Cross FIrst Aid Kits! Check out these great American Red Cross FIrst Aid Kits!

    The American Red Cross and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) serve communities throughout the United States in a variety of ways before, during, and after emergencies. But while both programs accomplish a great deal individually, they can do even more when they work together. As partners, CERT and American Red Cross programs and volunteers can work to advance their mutual goals of increasing the preparedness and resilience of local neighborhoods and communities and offering vital assistance and support in the aftermath of disasters.

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    The FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division invites you to join a webinar that showcases successful partnerships between local American Red Cross regions and CERT programs. Three sets of American Red Cross and CERT programs serving three unique jurisdictions will discuss how they are working together to make their communities safer, stronger, and more resilient. Presenters will share how they established their partnerships, what lessons they learned from the experience, and how their collaboration benefitted their programs and communities. The webinar will conclude with a question and answer session.

    Title: Local Partnerships Between the American Red Cross and CERT

    Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

    Time:  3:00 - 4:30 p.m. (ET)

    This webinar will feature American Red Cross and CERT guest speakers from the following jurisdictions:

    • Delaware County, PA
    • Denver, CO
    • Detroit, MI

    How to Join the Webinar:

    American_Red_Cross_Slide (1)We hope that you will be able to join us on September 9! If you can’t make it, we will post the recording, transcript, and slide deck of the presentation on this page, under “Citizen Corps Partners/Affiliates”: You can also view our most recent webinar on including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs in CERT training at:

  • Seeing Red

    March is American Red Cross Month. Now is a good time to familiarize yourself with some of the disaster preparedness tools the Red Cross offers, including a variety of mobile applications (apps). The free apps provide alerts for weather hazards, first aid, shelter, pet first aid, and

    As the winter weather hazards come to an end, you can use the weather-related apps to prepare for spring hazards, such as tornadoes and hurricanes.

    Features of the tornado app include:

    • An audible siren that automatically sounds when the app is closed if a tornado warning is issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA);
    • A notification when the warning expires; and
    • Instructions on what to do if cell phone towers and other communication are down.

    Features of the hurricane app include:

    • One touch “I’m safe” messaging that users can share with family members via social media outlets;
    • Location-based NOAA weather alerts; and
    • Checklists for creating a family emergency plan.

    American_Red_Cross_Slide (1)The Red Cross also offers a mobile application that engages children in disaster preparedness in a fun, exciting way. The “Monster Guard” app uses an interactive game to show kids how to stay safe when responding to emergencies at home.

    Take action today! Download these apps to your tablet or smartphone using the Apple App Store or Android Google Play. Doing so counts as one of the ten ways to participate in America’s PrepareAthon!, so be sure to register your actions on the campaign website.

    Check out these great American Red Cross FIrst Aid Kits! Check out these great American Red Cross FIrst Aid Kits!
  • We are American Red Cross Ready Rating Members. Are You?

    If you haven't already joined the American Red Cross Ready Rating Program, ask yourself: Why Not? It is free. It is helpful. Now during National Preparedness Month is the perfect time to think about readiness.

    ARC-ReadyRatingCreated in 2008 by the St. Louis Area Chapter, Ready Rating was originally designed as a marketing tool that would help to open doors and allow conversations to take place within businesses, organizations and schools about how to better prepare for emergencies. However, the program became much more than that in a short amount of time. In 2009 the St. Louis Area Chapter was joined by American Red Cross chapters in the following eight (8) cities for a two-year pilot: New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Raleigh, NC; Washington, DC; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Dallas, TX; and, New Orleans, LA.

    Ready Rating: A FREE Service from the American Red Cross

    Ready Rating is a program that helps businesses, schools and organizations become prepared for disasters and other emergencies. All in one place, Ready Rating members have access to one-of-a-kind tools, resources and information for evaluating and improving their ability to withstand disaster, maintain operations, and protect lives and property. Whether you are taking your first steps or have a fully-functioning emergency management program, the Ready Rating program can help you achieve a higher level of preparedness.

     123 Assessment

    Use the online self assessment to measure your organization‘s level of preparedness.

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    Shop for American Red Cross preparedness equipment and supplies

     Emergency Response Planner

    Create customized emergency plans for your organization.

     Resource Center

    One stop shop for preparedness information, checklists and tools

    With the financial support of the Ready Rating National Founding Sponsor, Anheuser Busch, the nine (9) pilot chapters have demonstrated that the Ready Rating program is valued by it members, and helps businesses, organizations and schools improve their levels of preparedness. This is demonstrated by an average increase in members’ Ready Rating assessment score of 14% the first year, and a dramatic 50% in the second year!

    Don’t miss all our great Disaster Preparedness Articles, Tips, Survival Plans, Guides and Emergency Preparedness Recommendations in the
    National Preparedness Month Blog

    In 2010, management of the Ready Rating program was transitioned to American Red Cross national headquarters, and with the addition of Sam’s Club as a National Sponsor, several enhancements to the Ready Rating website and tools were added to the program. The enhancements include a streamlined process for new members to sign up and begin using the program, an update of the assessment to better align with the Department of Homeland Security Private Sector Preparedness Guidance (PS-Prep), and increased capacity to make the Ready Rating program available nationwide. Beginning in February 2011, these enhancements will now be available to more organizations while providing an even better experience for current Ready Rating member organizations!American_Red_Cross_Slide (1)

  • American Red Cross

    American Red Cross First Aid Kits & Red Cross Emergency Supplies

    American Red Cross Soft Pack First Aid Bags, American Red Cross Brand First Aid Kits, American Red Cross BackPacks & American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Kits!
    Over 40 kits in the American Red Cross licensed line of Emergency Preparedness and First Aid Products - Who knows First Aid Better than the Red Cross? These outstanding products are designed to help you make sure you are Red Cross Ready! Get your American Red Cross Emergency kit for First Aid, Earthquake, or General Preparedness for any Disaster or CPR need!

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    American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness Products: Books, First Aid, CPR, Business & More

    The American Red Cross offers apps that provide alert functions for specific types
    of hazards. These apps also offer information on what to do in the event of the
    hazard, and safety information. You can download the app to your mobile device or
    smartphone free on iTunes (Apple-iOS 6.0 or later) and Google Play (Android) at

    ARC Apps


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  • American Red Cross Pet First Aid

    First Aid Apps for Smart Phones, Tablets and Mobile devices have been around for tears now - our Favorite is by PhoneFlips, Now the Red Cross has released and App to help you use your Pet First Aid Kits and give proper Pet CPR & First Aid!

    American Red Cross Issues New Pet First Aid App

    Pets are an important part of many families, and a new Red Cross Pet First Aid App puts lifesaving information right in the hands of dog and cat owners so they can provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is available.

    The 99 cent Pet First Aid app gives iPhone and Android smart phone users instant access to expert information so they learn how to maintain their pet’s health and what to do during emergencies.

    image of pet emergency kit and contents Pet Emergency Kits include special needs for Furry Friends in a Disaster.

    “Pet owners need to learn the signs of a healthy dog or cat so they can recognize health problems early,” said Deborah C. Mandell, VMD, DACVECC, member of the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council, and staff veterinarian and adjunct associate professor at Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “Catching potential illness or injury early can make a huge difference in treatment success.”

    Owners have access to step-by-step instructions, videos and images for more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations. Users learn how to treat wounds, control bleeding and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies. Additional topics include burns, car accidents, falls and what to do for cold- and heat-related emergencies.

    Other features in the app allow pet owners to:

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      Create a pet profile including tag identification number, photos, list of medications and instructions.

    • Use the list of early warning signs to learn when to call their veterinarian.
    • Use “click-to-call” to contact their veterinarian.
    • Find emergency pet care facilities or alternate veterinarians with the “animal hospital locator.”
    • Locate pet-friendly hotels.
    • Test their knowledge with interactive quizzes and earn badges that they can share on their social networks along with their favorite picture of their pet.

    The Red Cross app contains resources to help owners include pets in their emergency action plans.

    “History shows that people have not evacuated during disasters because they did not want to leave their pets behind, and including pets in emergency planning before a disaster occurs helps keep the entire household safe,” Mandell said. Pet owners may also take a Red Cross Pet First Aid course so they can practice the skills and receive feedback. People can go to for information and to register.

    A “Top 5 Features of the Pet First Aid App” is available here. The Red Cross has made great strides in making emergency information available whenever and wherever people need it. The Pet First Aid App and other Red Cross apps can be found in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to

    Emergency First Aid Treatment & Guide - App for Phone or Android! Emergency First Aid Treatment & Guide - App for Phone or Android!

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