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Disaster Services
Health & Safety Services
Youth Services
Crime Avoidance Program
Blood Services
Volunteer Training & Opportunities

Disaster Services: All disaster relief is provided free as a gift from the American people.

    · Victims of disasters receive help to address immediate needs—food, clothing, medical care, shelter—as well as assistance with long-term recovery and mental health counseling.

  • The Red Cross supports disaster preparedness. This includes educating the public, training and mobilizing volunteers and collaborating with rescue teams, government agencies and civic leaders.

  • Members of the Armed Forces and their families receive communications, information and referral services and basic humanitarian and emergency assistance.

  • The Red Cross helps people separated from family members by war, civil disturbances, natural disasters and other calamities. Travel documents are issued for refugees, and help is offered in reuniting families and obtaining verification of captivity. The Holocaust & War Victims Tracing & Information Center, a national Red Cross program located in Baltimore, reunites families separated during World War II and helps survivors and families learn the fate of loved ones.

Health & Safety Services: Red Cross education and training includes standard and specialized first aid, CPR, water safety and lifeguard training, babysitter training, HIV/AIDS education and personal safety for older adults plus courses for professional rescuers, nurse assistants, and home health aides. Thousands of children in local elementary schools learn safety skills in the Red Cross Safe Kids-Safe Families program.

Youth Services: The Red Cross offers leadership training to students (K through college) through a variety of programs including Leadership Development Camp, Refugee Youth Project, International projects and the Red Cross Players. Students can also get involved in Red Cross Clubs at their schools or universities and engage in Red Cross service-learning activities.

Crime Avoidance Program: This interactive program, given primarily at high schools and colleges, but also at local businesses, empowers people to take responsibility for their own safety. Participants learn to minimize the risk of becoming a target of crime and how to respond in threatening situations.

Blood Services: Our chapter works in partnership with the American Red Cross Greater Chesapeake & Potomac Blood Services Region. Lifesaving blood and blood products are collected at schools, businesses, places of worship and other donor sites. Next, the donated blood is processed into components and made available to area hospitals to assure a safe and plentiful supply. Our center is linked with national services including blood research, a rare blood donor registry and a reference library.

Volunteer Training & Opportunities: American Red Cross volunteers donate their time and talents, performing most of the work in the above programs and services. All volunteers receive ongoing training.

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