American Red Cross Connecticut Region
Serving Connecticut since 1898.
About the Connecticut Region
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The Connecticut and Rhode Island Region Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2011
The Connecticut Region Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2010
The first office of the Red Cross in Connecticut was established in 1898. In its early years, the Chapter funded local, national and international disaster relief and produced items for the military. During its more than 100 year history, the Chapter provided comfort services to local families affected by fires or weather disasters. It has also been a key responder to major disasters including the Influenza outbreak of 1918, the Flood of 1936, the Hurricane of 1938, the 1944 Circus Fire, the Flood of 1955, the Blizzard of 1978 and the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in New York.

Production for the armed forces, including clothing, comfort items and bandages, rose dramatically during World War I. The Home Service program was established in World War I to help the families of servicemen communicate with their loved ones overseas and to provide other services.

The Chapter entered into preparedness training in the 1920s, when it added first aid, water safety and Junior Red Cross programs. Over the decades, our roster of classes expanded as technology developed to include CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training. We also have developed materials to help individuals prepare for natural or other disasters and make these materials available on the Chapter’s website.
With the start of World War II, services to the armed forces again increased. Volunteers produced needed materials, visited wounded soldiers and supported home front relief work. The Chapter also assisted the National Office of the American Red Cross in efforts to relieve the suffering of displaced persons in the aftermath of the War.

Also during World War II, the Red Cross began to supply the armed services with blood plasma. In 1950, with blood transfusions becoming a more frequent medical practice, the Connecticut Red Cross Blood Program was established to serve the needs of the state’s civilian population.
Today, the American Red Cross helps Connecticut residents prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies with services provided by small paid staff and a corps of more than 10,000 volunteers.