Red Cross Response

First Response


The first response to a disaster is the job of the local government's emergency services, supplemented by nearby municipalities, state resources, and volunteer agencies such as the Red Cross.

Federal Resources


During a catastrophic disaster, the governor can request for federal resources, which are mobilized through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These resources can be used for:
  • Electrical power
  • Food and water
  • Search and rescue
  • Shelter
  • Other basic human needs

Disaster Relief Purposes


Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people's immediate, disaster-caused needs. When a disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health / mental health services to address basic human needs.

In addition to these services, the core of Red Cross disaster relief is assisting individuals and families affected by a disaster in a way that will enable them to resume their normal daily activities independently.

Additional Services


Additional services provided by the Red Cross include:
  • Feeding emergency workers
  • Handling inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area
  • Helping those affected by a disaster to access other available resources
  • Providing blood and blood products to disaster victims

For More Information


For more information, contact the Emergency Management Division at (203) 854-0238 or visit the American Red Cross website.