March is Red Cross Month!

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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.

The Red Cross of Montana is there when emergency strikes. In Montana, dedicated Red Cross volunteers are part of 22 Montana Disaster Action Teams that serve all 56 counties and seven reservations. Disaster Action Teams stand ready to deploy to help those impacted by disasters from single family house fires to community-wide events such as wildfires and flooding.

The American Red Cross  is part of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and the Montana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

March is Red Cross Month

President Barack Obama has proclaimed March as Red Cross Month across the United States, following a tradition begun by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1943. The proclamation reads:

"During American Red Cross Month, we honor those who devote themselves to bringing relief where there is suffering, inspiring hope where there is despair, and healing the wounds of disaster and war…Today, American Red Cross workers, alongside countless humanitarian organizations and caring volunteers, deliver life-saving assistance in every corner of our Nation and all across the globe."

This year's March is Red Cross Month theme is "Everyday Heroes", recognizing people who in some way help their community by giving of themselves.

Red Cross of Montana 2013 Fast Facts

In 2013 alone, the Red Cross of Montana:

  • Assisted 568 individuals affected by fires and other disasters
  • Opened 20 shelters and served 21,045 meals and snacks to Montanans affected by floods and wildfires
  • Helped 3,882 Montanans prepare for emergencies with their Get Ready, Montana preparedness workshops
  • Distributed units of live saving flood to 30 hospitals across the state
  • Provided pre-deployment briefings to 2,495 military families
  • Taught 14,401 Montanans live saving skills through Red Cross first-aid and other training courses

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