The American Red Cross supports people affected by fires, floods and other natural or man-made disasters. In the Bay Area, Red Cross volunteers respond to a local disaster – most often a house or apartment fire – every 18 hours. Nationally, the Red Cross provides assistance to the millions of people displaced by wildfires, flooding and hurricanes every year.
Disaster assistance is designed to help with the immediate suffering caused in the first few days after a disaster hits. The Red Cross provides for the most urgent needs in those early days, allowing individuals and families to begin the rebuilding process. Depending on each individual or family’s unique needs, we provide short-term immediate disaster assistance such as:
- Prescription refills
- Referrals to other organizations that help with long-term needs
The Red Cross provides disaster assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Bilingual volunteers are available to provide interpretation assistance if needed.
All disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from people in our community.
If you or someone you know has recently experienced a disaster, contact us at 1-888-4-HELP-BAY (1-888-443-5722).