When war, upheaval or natural disaster disrupts normal
communication, the Red Cross springs into action. Its
array of international social services brings hope and
help to those whose world has spun out of control.
International Services initiatives focus on four priority
Primary Health Care
Emergency Response and Preparedness
Restoring Family Links
Dissemination of International Humanitarian Law
|The American Red
Cross works with a global network of Red Cross, Red Crescent
and equivalent societies to restore hope and dignity to the
world's vulnerable people. This international Red Cross
movement brings emergency relief to disaster victims, and
improves basic living conditions of those in chronically
deprived areas of the world.
our seven Fundamental Principles — Humanity, Impartiality,
Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and
Universality — the American Red Cross partners with
countless organizations in the efficient and effective
relief of human suffering and the empowerment of people with
the skills they need to help themselves.
Missing loved ones
Kigali. Family reunion
under the aegis of the ICRC.
The American Red Cross works with other national societies
to trace family members in the midst of war, civil unrest,
or disaster in other countries. Requests are accepted from
the South Central Connecticut Chapter. Depending on the
circumstances, searches may continue for months or years and
may end with the confirmed death of a relative or a joyous
Leone, Freetown. A displaced person receives a Red Cross message from her
When regular channels of communication
are severed during war, the South Central Connecticut Chapter provides
assistance for separated family members to exchange messages. We provide the
link to families caught in conflict around the world. Red Cross messages may
originate with someone in the community, often a recent immigrant or
refugee, who requests assistance in communicating with a loved one. Also,
the chapter may deliver messages from almost anywhere in the world. Thanks
to this global network, civilians, prisoners of war, detainees, and their
loved ones are less alone.
international disaster relief inquiries
the San Francisco neighborhood. Angelica Castillos, suffering from psychological trauma, is being comforted by
Virginia Laino, the Federation delegate.
earthquakes, severe storms, and other natural disasters
strike, normal lines of communication may be disrupted for
some time. Families in the U.S. who are anxious about the
welfare of relatives in a disaster-stricken area can call on
the Red Cross. When the national society of the country where
the disaster occurred is able to accept inquiries, information
will be channeled back to local Red Cross chapters.