Programs and Services
Each year around the country, American Red Cross Chapters
respond immediately to more than 70,000 disasters, including
house or apartment fires (the majority of disaster responses),
hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials
spills, transportation accidents, explosions, and other
natural and man-made disasters.
the last 12 months, the Savannah Chapter of the Red Cross
responded to 489 families that were affected by disasters
right here in our own communities. Trained Red Cross volunteers
met the immediate disaster caused needs of these families
by providing food, shelter, clothing and health and mental
health services to address their basic human needs. These
volunteers are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to
reach out to our neighbors in need.
Red River Flooding
Three local volunteers responded to the call for help in Fargo, ND. On Saturday, all three volunteers boarded planes to Fargo, to help the victims of the Red River Flooding. Since the beginning of this operation, 718 Red Cross volunteers have opened 9 shelters, served 182,993 meals and snacks, offered emotional support to over 2,219 folks and helped 1,445 people with their medical needs.
The victims of this diaster need your help! Please contribute to the Diaster Relief fund. This fund is the lifeline that allows us to help victims of diasters anywhere, anytime. It provides funding for food, shelter, counceling and other assistance, as well as, the vehicles, warehouses, call centers and people that make that relief possible. To donate, simply call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or send your contributions to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. To view pictures from Fargo, click here.
Are you a disaster victim in need of assistance?
office hours (Mon–Fri from 9:00am-5:00pm) please
contact your local branch:
Chatham Branch (Serving
Chatham, Bryan, Effingham Counties) 912-651-5300
Liberty Branch (Serving
Liberty, Long, Bacon, Ware, Pierce Counties) 912-876-3975
Evans Branch (Serving Evans,
Tattnall, Emanuel, Screven
Coastal Plain Branch
(Serving Tifton, Atkinson, Ben Hill, Berrien, Clinch coffee,
Irwin, Turner, Pierce Counties) 229-382-3133
hours, please contact our Emergency Services 24-hour call
center at (888) 737-4306 for disaster services. Select option
6 for disaster services. This call center initiates our
local Disaster Action Team (DAT) response.
for a family member?
look for a friend or family member who may be involved
in a disaster outside of our local area, click
Please contact 912-651-5300 or click here to donate online
to the Savannah Chapter of the American Red Cross.
The Savannah Red Cross is an active member, across our 20
county service delivery area, with many local organizations
known as Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).
These VOAD’s have membership representation from many
local, state and national organizations.
purpose of VOAD is to meet community needs in the wake of
a large-scale disaster through cooperation, coordination,
communication and collaboration. VOAD coordinates planning
efforts and matches community needs with services provided
by member VOAD agencies. This cooperative effort has proven
to be the most effective way for a wide variety of organizations
to work together in a crisis.
Chatham County VOAD Partner Membership
Independently for Everyone
Amateur Radio Emergency Svcs
County Health Department
of Family and Children Services
Harvest Food Bank
Baptist Disaster Relief
Action Teams (DATs)
Action Team (DATs) members are the Chapter’s first
responders to disasters. Our teams rotate being
on-call and are responsible for responding during the hours
the Chapter is closed. In addition, several of our responders
have volunteered to be available to respond during the day
and are now part or our Daytime DAT.
system enables the Chapter to respond to disasters 24 hours
a day 365 days a year. To become a DAT member, a new volunteer
must go thru an orientation and receive training. Disaster
volunteers can respond to disasters just in their communities
or, they can travel outside our chapter jurisdiction to
large-scale disasters, such as, Hurricane Ike or to wildfires
more information on how to become a DAT member, contact
Alison Maruca at 912-651-5321.