American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is a humantarian organization that provides emergency assistance disaster relief and disaster preparedness education in the United States. This is CTAA's  Ready 365 Giving Partner. 

June 25, 2020

Delivering our Mission During the Coronavirus Outbreak

BLOOD SERVICES: Safely collecting and distributing blood for patients in need
All blood donations are tested for COVID-19 antibodies, which may give donors insight about their own
exposure to the virus.
At blood drives and donation sites, we have instituted several new protocols to help protect donors and staff,
including requiring face masks, scheduling donation appointments, encouraging hand sanitizer use before
and during the appointment, taking temperatures of individuals before entering the drive and more.
In coordination with the FDA and blood industry partners, we are collecting plasma from individuals
who are fully recovered from COVID-19 to help with treatment for the most seriously ill patients.

DISASTER: Adapting our response; supporting communities
After disasters of all sizes, we are offering some assistance—financial aid, emotional support, health services
and more—virtually. Additionally, we have opened a Virtual Family Assistance Center to provide integrated
condolence care to support grieving families who’ve lost someone to COVID-19.
Working with community partners, we are helping provide food and supplies to hard-hit families and
communities, including health care professionals. And, where we can, we are housing residents displaced
by disasters in hotel rooms rather than traditional shelters.


SERVICE TO THE ARMED FORCES: Standing with service members, veterans and their families
Most of our services are now virtual, including the “Get to Know Us Before You Need Us” pre-deployment
briefings, our COVID-19-specific Resiliency Program course and our Military and Veteran Caregiver Network.
And, with the help of volunteers, we are sewing and distributing face masks to all military/veteran hospitals and
installations. We continue to answer emergency calls 24/7.


INTERNATIONAL SERVICES: Committing funding; providing technical expertise
International Red Cross and Red Crescent teams are responding to and containing the spread of the virus
through community-based health and hygiene promotion, access to basic services and other mitigation
activities. Along with funding, the American Red Cross is contributing data and technical expertise to the
global Red Cross and Red Crescent network’s fight against the coronavirus.
TRAINING SERVICES: Supporting health care and workforce training needs
We continue to offer lifesaving training courses, where permitted, with social distancing approaches and
following current public health guidance. Online options, including the new “Returning to Work during
COVID-19” and “Psychological First Aid during COVID-19” courses are also available. 

Visit redcross.org to learn more.

June 1, 2020

The Connecticut and Rhode Island Region held a local update call to share how our organization continues to adjust to provide the services of our lifesaving mission.  For those of you who were not able to attend the call, below please find information surrounding the topics discussed.  Please let me know if you have questions surrounding how the Red Cross is adapting during these unprecedented times.   

 1) The American Red Cross has opened a Virtual Family Assistance Center.  It will provide integrated condolence care services to families in Connecticut, Rhode Island and across the United States. Our hearts ache along with the more than 80,000 families who have been personally impacted by COVID-19.

 To help, the Red Cross has set up a virtual team of specially trained mental health, spiritual care and health services volunteers who are:

  • Connecting with families over the phone to offer condolences, support and access to resources that may be available
  • Providing support for virtual memorial services for families, including connecting with local faith-based community partners
  • Sharing information and referrals to state and local agencies as well as other community organizations including legal resources for estate, custody, immigration, or other issues

 A Disaster Distress helpline is also available at 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. This 24/7 national hotline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress from COVID-19 or any other disaster. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available at 800-273-8255.  All Family Assistance Center support will be provided virtually, is completely confidential and free.  

2) As hurricane season kicks off on June 1, I wanted to share the newly released NOAA 2020 hurricane forecast, which indicates above-normal storm activity with as many as six major Atlantic hurricanes. NOAA’s forecast comes as the world copes with the COVID-19 pandemic. But pandemic or not, the Red Cross will be ready to provide comfort and care to those in need if a hurricane strikes.

 To ensure the health and safety of our disaster workers and the people we serve amid this pandemic, we’ve adapted how we deliver much of our disaster relief, such as providing health services and recovery assistance virtually. And when it comes to sheltering, we’re prioritizing hotel rooms instead of traditional shelters, whenever possible. In the event we must open shelters, we will screen everyone for COVID-19 symptoms at the front door, conduct enhanced cleanings of shelter spaces, along with following other safety precautions.

 In light of COVID-19, getting prepared will look a little different than in other years. We want to help anyone in storm-prone areas stay safe by following a few simple steps. You can find more information at redcross.org/hurricane and on our free Emergency App (search “American Red Cross” in mobile app stores).

 3) Please take a look at this map of our service delivery since the pandemic started: https://arcg.is/0GWmzW0

 Each individual icon on this map represents lives saved through blood donations, a family helped during a life-changing crisis, or a community supported during a time of great need.  

Each icon represents the countless hours of planning, communication, problem solving, determination, and perseverance that our local Red Crossers have invested to ensure the continuity of our mission during these historic times.


The American Red Cross has opened a Virtual Family Assistance Center.

May 14, 2020

The American Red Cross has opened a Virtual Family Assistance Center.  It will provide integrated condolence care services to families in Connecticut, Rhode Island and across the United States. Our hearts ache along with the more than 80,000 families who have been personally impacted by COVID-19.

 To help, the Red Cross has set up a virtual team of specially trained mental health, spiritual care and health services volunteers who are:

  • Connecting with families over the phone to offer condolences, support and access to resources that may be available
  • Providing support for virtual memorial services for families, including connecting with local faith-based community partners
  • Sharing information and referrals to state and local agencies as well as other community organizations including legal resources for estate, custody, immigration, or other issues

 A Disaster Distress helpline is also available at 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. This 24/7 national hotline provides immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress from COVID-19 or any other disaster. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is also available at 800-273-8255.

All Family Assistance Center support will be provided virtually, is completely confidential and free.  We hope that the information and resources provided in the Virtual Family Assistance Center will help those struggling with loss and grief during this time.

 

Red Cross Continues to Provide Vital Services for People in Need

April 30, 2020

Through the many challenges presented by the ongoing
coronavirus pandemic, American Red Cross volunteers
and employees continue to help people after everday
emergencies like home fires, while also responding to one
of the deadliest spring tornado seasons in years.

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A message from Ursula G. Sowinski:

April 8, 2020

Good Morning,

As the coronavirus outbreak impacts lives across the country, I hope that you and your loved ones, colleagues and customers are doing okay. I also wanted to provide an update on the ongoing support we’re providing for people in need during this challenging time.  

Even in the middle of a pandemic, people still rely on the Red Cross for vital aid following emergencies big and small. We’re responding daily to disasters like floods and home fires, while also working to maintain the blood supply for patients with critical needs, assist military families during emergencies, and more. Please review our latest information bulletin (click here) to learn more about how we continue to adapt our services to meet new challenges and safely deliver our mission

April, 2, 2020

Hello,

I know this is a difficult time for everyone due to the coronavirus outbreak. I’m reaching out to make sure that you, your family and your colleagues are holding up alright and provide an update on the ongoing support we’re providing for people in need—including disaster relief, critical blood products and more.  

As people across the country cope with the devastating impact of COVID-19, they still rely on the Red Cross for vital aid in the face of emergencies of all sizes. We continue to respond daily to disasters such as tornadoes and home fires, and work around the clock to maintain a sufficient blood supply for patients in need. We continue to adapt our services to meet these new challenges and deliver our lifesaving mission. 

Given this rapidly changing crisis, we remain committed to keeping you informed. Please review this information bulletin (click here) to learn more about how the Red Cross continues to serve people in need every day during this challenging time.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Help Us Continue to Deliver Our Lifesaving Mission Nationwide Due to This Public Health Emergency.

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Coping with Sheltering at Home during COVID-19

Local and state officials are using shelter-at-home (sometimes called shelter-in-place) orders to slow the
spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). By staying home, people can help minimize how many people are
getting sick at the same time, protect those at higher risk of severe illness and prevent our health care system
from getting overwhelmed. Click here for additional information. 

Steps to Help Protect Against Coronavirus COVID-19

Please click here for important informtion on steps to help protect against COVID-16