American Red Cross Chapter Services

Red Cross Chapter Services initiatives focus primarily on providing communities disaster relief, support for military families, heath and safety training and community services - like meals and transportation - to people in need.

Disaster Relief

Each year, the Red Cross responds immediately to more than 70,000 disasters, the majority of which are house or apartment fires. Every day, Red Cross chapters work with their community partners to provide practical and helpful awareness and educational information that shows the public how to save lives, reduce injuries and protect their homes during a disaster. These local chapters respond to disasters within their jurisdiction calling on state and national resources when needed for larger emergencies.

Armed Forces Emergency Services

The Red Cross received its first congressional charter in June 1900 and was reincorporated by an act of Congress on January 5, 1905.

The Red Cross ensures families stay connected with members of the military stationed around the world, relaying urgent family news. Confidential services currently offered are:

  • Consultation and guidance to military personnel with family problems
  • Information and referral to service members and their families in regards to benefits
  • Reporting services related to but not limited to emergency leave
  • Assistance with communications between the service member and his or her family.

Health and Safety Services

The Red Cross provides a wide range of training courses in communities. Commonly offered courses include: first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), standard first aid, automated external defibrillator (AEDs), lifeguard training, seven-level learn to swim program, boating safety, babysitting and HIV/AIDS education.

American Red Cross Biomedical Services

The Red Cross serves as the bridge between millions of generous blood donors and patients in need each year. We are your partner in patient care.

The American Red Cross Biomedical Services (ARCBS) is a unit of the American Red Cross and operates under a single Food & Drug Administration (FDA) license to serve thousands of hospitals around the United States.

ARCBS delivers a wide range of high quality blood products and patient testing services, bringing expertise in transfusion medicine and dedication to meeting the needs of hospitals and patients.