The Red Cross assists any member of the Greater Miami Community who experiences a verified disaster (e.g., home fire, hurricane, wildfires, flooding, etc.). Chapter staff and volunteers work with community partners, first responders and other agencies to meet the needs of the individuals affected by disaster. Most of our clients are families at risk of homelessness, hardship and/or a transition to poverty without assistance following a disaster.
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent network is the largest humanitarian network in the world with a presence and activities in almost every country.
We aid families separated internationally by armed conflict, disaster, or humanitarian emergencies. Refugees and immigrants often comprise our local target population for International Services.
We help those who suffer, without discrimination, whether during conflict, in response to natural or man-made disasters, or due to conditions of chronic poverty.
These Red Cross organizations are the individual societies of nearly every independent country in the world, chartered by their respective governments. We assist people each year by: providing relief to disaster survivors, educating the public about how to prevent the spread of disease, helping communities prepare for emergencies, including providing first aid training, reconnecting families separated by disasters and conflict in coordination with the ICRC, and by promoting international humanitarian law.
Each society also focuses on helping people within its borders. They take on tasks based on local needs. A few examples include: The American Red Cross provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply. The Mexican and Palestine Red Cross operate hospitals and ambulances. The Norwegian and Italian Red Cross conduct search and rescue operations. The Kenyan, Russian and Viet Nam Red Cross provide care and support to people living with HIV/AIDS.
Health, Safety, and Preparedness
Each year, our chapter trains South Floridians to prevent injuries, to prepare for emergencies, and to respond calmly and effectively when emergencies do strike. Presentations are age-appropriate and many programs are targeted to groups where we have identified greater risk or vulnerability.
We offer training classes for individuals, groups, schools, and corporations, enabling them to respond to disasters and life-threatening emergencies with practical skills and confidence. The classes include: Aquatics, CPR/AED (Adult, Child, Infant) and First Aid.
Service to the Armed Forces
The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service. Any person connected with the Armed Forces, including Active Duty personnel, National Guard, Reservists, ROTC, U.S. Coast Guard, recruiters, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Military Retirees, Veterans, and families of all those listed who are in need of services are all eligible for assistance.
American Red Cross Biomedical Services plays a critical role in our nation’s health care system. Although volunteers do not supply blood directly in South Florida our service is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing approximately 40 percent of the blood supply and distributing it to about 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. The Red Cross also plays a leading role in protecting the safety of donors and patients and increasing the availability of blood. It has been among the first to help develop and implement testing for infectious diseases and is frequently the single major contributor to clinical trials to improve blood safety. Providing life-saving blood and blood products to patients is a key component of the Red Cross mission to help people in times of emergency and disasters.