Our mission is carried out locally through: Helping Disaster Victims: People affected by disaster need to know that they have a place to stay, food to eat and emotional support as they take the first steps to recovery. Each year the American Red Cross responds to more than 70,000 disasters nationwide. While the vast majority of these disasters are single-family and apartment home fires, the Red Cross stands ready to respond to nature and man-made disasters. The Chapter provides canteen service to first responders on extreme hot or cold days. Disaster Preparedness: Understanding what could happen and then taking steps to prevent, prepare for and respond to a situation is the goal of the preparedness program. Blood Drives: For more than 50 years the American Red Cross has been committed to ensuring the availability of safest possible blood and blood products to help meet the America's blood needs. Ten to twenty drives are held each month in Porter County. Service to the Military: Red Cross is the communication link between a service person and his or her family in Porter County. When an emergency happens at home, emergency communication is sent through the Red Cross. Red Cross can assist with obtaining emergency financial support for a family serving on active duty. Veterans are helped through an information and referral network.