The American Red Cross can provide two types of assistance after a disaster – hard and soft.
Hard assistance provides material items and may include feeding, shelter, clean-up kits, comfort kits and financial assistance.
Soft assistance minimizes immediate disaster-caused suffering through listening, guidance, advocacy, and counseling.
The American Red Cross Safe and Well Website. If you have been affected by a disaster, this website provides a way for you to register yourself as “safe and well.” From a list of standard messages, you can select those that you want to communicate to your family members, letting them know of your well-being.
Concerned family and friends can search the list of those who have registered themselves as “safe and well.” The results of a successful search will display a loved one’s First Name, Last Name, an “As of Date”, and the “safe and well” messages selected.