American Red Cross

SWPA Disaster Cycle Services: Response, Recovery, and Financial Assistance for Survivors
The SWPA Disaster Cycle Services Program provides the basic needs of life to families in Washington County when disaster strikes and advocates for safety prevention and preparedness. Even with Washington County having a low cost of living and low unemployment rates, there are still challenges such as poverty, drug use and low wage jobs that cause problems of recovery when disasters strike. This is where the Disaster Cycle Services step in. The American Red Cross is the only disaster program that is dispatched by first responders and provides referrals for mental health, financial assistance, and immediate supplies and shelter. This program can result in the outcomes of community disaster education, relief to survivors of disasters and becoming a leading provider of humanitarian relief.