While the most well-known aspect of Red Cross disaster relief takes place on major disasters, the Red Cross responds to over 60,000 disasters each year nationwide. The vast majority of these disasters are single family disasters such as house fires.
Locally, the American Red Cross Bay Area responds to over 500 disasters each year, most of which are house and apartment fires, and we assist over 2,000 individuals and families. Working closely with local emergency responders, our Disaster Action Teams (DATs) are notified by the local fire departments whenever living units are affected. We are prepared to respond, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
With the right training and local experience, volunteers from the local area can also apply to serve on disasters nationwide. The Disaster Services Human Resources (DSHR) system deploys local volunteers to serve clients on Disaster Relief Operations across the county each year. The American Red Cross Bay Area was recently ranked #1 in the nation for its capacity to respond to large disasters with a qualified DSHR volunteer workforce.
Read more about our chapter's Disaster Response Plan. [PDF, 80K]