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.

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

Disaster Training Classes

The American Red Cross, Milford Chapter is pleased to provide disaster training classes.  These classes are offered at no charge and are held at the Milford Chapter, 1 Plymouth Place, Milford, CT.  
Introduction to Disaster Services
A video based course that will introduce you to the types and impacts of disasters, the community response, and the role of the Red Cross.  This course is a prerequisite for further American Red Cross disaster service training.  You only need to attend one class. 
Mass Care, An Overview
A video based course that focuses on the activities of the Mass Care function on a disaster relief operation and the services provided by this function.  Prerequisite:  Introduction to Disaster Services
Shelter Operations
A video based course that prepares Red Cross and other agencies' staff to effectively and sensitively manage shelter operations as a team, and to meet the needs of people displaced as a result of a disaster.  Prerequisite:  Mass Care, An Overview
Damage Assessment
This course teaches the fundamentals of damage assessment and information required by the Red Cross with surveying a disaster area, identifying damage, and estimate livability of dwellings.  Prerequisite:  Introduction to Disaster Services

If you are interested in learning more about these classes,
please call the Milford Chapter at (203) 874-2531