The emergency preparedness section of the Red Cross website is very thorough. The Red Cross has applied knowledge gained through 133 years of disaster response to the materials listed here.
Insofar as education goes, we feel that this site is second to none. Users will find an easy to navigate page with information on:
- Types of emergencies
- Preparing your family
- Preparing your home, workplace, and school
- Disaster related apps
- A disaster and safety library with fact sheets, preparedness checklists, recovery guides, and more
- Preparing food and water supplies
In addition, there is a limited store where you can purchase emergency kits and supplies.
There is not much to say on the negative with The Red Cross. We would like to point out that the items in the online store could very likely be purchased much more cheaply elsewhere, especially if you assemble your own kits.
The Red Cross website is a richly informative site. Preparation resources are arranged by type of emergency, so you can select what types of disasters are most likely for your location and be thoroughly prepared for it. There is educational material covering what to do before, during, and after an emergency. Printable checklists, editable pdf planning lists, and preparedness apps are a great resource to help be prepared.
The Red Cross does have a limited store where you can purchase items like 3-day survival kits, first aid kids, emergency radio, and similar items. They do not have an extensive store, so someone looking to build up a long term supply of emergency rations will want to look elsewhere.
Connecting with the Community
The Red Cross has chapters nationwide, and it is easy to get connected with a local one through the website.
How is the Website?
We found the website to be extremely user-friendly and easy to navigate. It is clean, fast, and intuitively arranged.
Time in Business
Phone number: 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
Email inquiries: http://www.redcross.org/contact-us/general-inquiry
Address: American Red Cross National Headquarters
2025 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
In addition, interested parties are instructed to contact a local chapter for assistance.
The Red Cross exists to help people in need, so beyond information and a small store, there are volunteer opportunities and many resources for people who have been affected by a disaster. The website can help you find an emergency shelter or search for a lost loved one. They will also help with disaster recovery, free of charge.