Each year, the American Red Cross responds to more than 60,000 disasters - house or apartment fires (the majority of disasters), hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents, explosions, and other natural and manmade disasters.

Red Cross chapters also work in their communities to help the public prepare for and cope with disasters.  The Red Cross provides information to help people plan and prepare for specific types of disasters, prevent injuries, save lives, and reduce the loss of property.

Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting the immediate emergency needs of people affected by disaster.  When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and mental health services to address basic human needs.

In addition to these services, the core of Red Cross disaster relief activities is the assistance given to individuals and families affected by disaster.  This assistance provides to victims of disasters what they need most, such as groceries, clothing, shelter, basic household items, medicines, and occupational tools.  The Red Cross also helps those needing long-term recovery assistance when all other resources, such as insurance benefits and government assistance, are not available or are inadequate.

The Red Cross also handles inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provides blood and blood products to disaster victims, and helps those affected by disaster to find other resources.

All Red Cross disaster relief is provided free of charge as a gift from the American people.  It is made possible by generous contributions of people's time, money, and skills.

If you are interested in taking a Disaster Course,
please call the chapter at 966-1663 for information.

Would you like to be a part of the Disaster Services team?

How do I sign up or get more information?

Print Application Form
Send email
Call Chapter office at 203-966-1663  

New Canaan Community Emergency Response Team

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.
The CERT course is taught in the community by a trained team of first responders who have completed a course conducted by the Sate Office of Emergency Management and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). CERT trainers are training in disaster preparedness and psychology, fire suppression, medical operations, search and rescue, the characteristics of biological, nuclear, chemical and incendiary events, and team organization and deployment.

For more information go to www.newcanaancert.org


Our new Sheltering Trailer

L to R:  Stacey Hafen, Executive Director of the New Canaan Red Cross, Cynthia Gorey, Executive Director of the New Canaan Community Foundation and volunteers Julianne Grace, Vice President of Distributions for the Community Foundation and John Yusko Red Cross Disaster Transportation & Facilities Manager. 

The New Canaan Red Cross recently purchased an emergency trailer which will be used to transport and store enough equipment to setup a shelter for fifty people.

The funds were provided through a grant from the New Canaan Community Foundation.  With hurricane season upon us, the New Canaan Red Cross needs to be prepared to house people for at least five days.  Most New Canaanites donít realize that we have had Category 3 hurricanes and are due for another one. 

For information on how to be prepared, go to www.newcanaanready.org
or call 966-1663.