Red Cross Offers Help in Emergencies

If you are in immediate need of help, contact your local Red Cross » or find an open shelter »  The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.​ Vision Statement The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in

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Create an Emergency Preparation Checklist

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit To assemble your kit, store items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag. A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items: Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for

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Try 211 Helpline to Find Help

In July 2000, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reserved the 211 dialing code for community information and referral services. The FCC intended the 211 code as an easy-to-remember and universally recognizable number that would enable a critical connection between individuals and families in need and the appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies. Currently, active 211 systems cover all or part

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Find Your Local Food Bank

In a country that wastes billions of pounds of food each year, it’s almost shocking that anyone in America goes hungry. Yet every day, there are millions of children and adults who do not get the meals they need to thrive. We work to get nourishing food – from farmers, manufacturers, and retailers – to people in need. At the

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Homeless Help and Referral Guide

Step One: Accessing Shelter or Housing Services If you are at risk of or currently experiencing homelessness, the first step is to get in touch with the shelter system in your community. You may need to call a hotline or go to a community-designated organization for homeless services. Your community may have a “homeless hotline,” “2-1-1,” or other organization/agency that

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Food Assistance Program Guide

If you’re hungry now: Call the National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) in Spanish. The hotline operates Monday through Friday, 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM Eastern Time. Find a local food bank. Contact community or religious organizations. Food Stamps (SNAP Food Benefits) What help is available? If you have a low income, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),

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FEMA – Emergency and Disaster Assistance

FEMA is a disaster assistance program.  FEMA helps with fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and more. FEMA’s mission is to help America to prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from disasters with a vision of “A Nation Prepared.” On April 1, 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed the executive order that created the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  From day one,

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SNAP Food Program

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for

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Emergency Shelters and Housing During Disasters

Everyone is welcome at a Red Cross shelter. The Red Cross does not discriminate based on nationality, race, religious beliefs, class, disability, political opinions, sexual orientation, or gender identity. If you need to leave your home due to a disaster or emergency, you are welcome to come to a Red Cross shelter. Your service animal is also welcome. Please speak

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