American Red Cross Western Washington Chapters Programs
Every 48 hours the Red Cross responds to a local emergency - most often home fires - in Western Washington. We feed, clothe and shelter people during the most difficult crises of their lives, while also assuring them someone cares. All disaster recovery assistance for individuals and families is free of charge thanks to the generous donations of our local community.
Whether it is training someone in CPR or first aid to save a life or helping our community prepare for a catastrophic natural disaster, the Red Cross is among our area's most trusted resources for emergency preparedness. We are leaders and partners with community groups, government agencies, businesses and other nonprofit organizations dedicated to saving lives.
As a member of an international network, the Red Cross keeps lines of communication open between military members and their families and helps to reconnect families separated by war and other disasters. We also provide education on humanitarian rights.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
The local Red Cross responded to 378 local disasters last year, successfully providing food, shelter and emotional support to everyone in need. More than 95% of clients were returned to their pre-disaster state in 30 days, and 90% of clients rated their experience with the Red Cross as "excellent."
The Red Cross trained more than 47,000 people in disaster preparedness throughout the previous year, helping make our community more resilient from disasters. We focused on the most vulnerable in our community such as low income populations, new refugees and immigrants, seniors and people with disabilities. However, the number of disasters increase with each passing year and many people are still unprepared. Over the upcoming year, the Red Cross wants to reach more people through schools, businesses and community groups, and help create a sustainable culture of preparedness throughout the greater Puget Sound area.