Initially, the American Red Cross has provided $50,000 to our sister society, the Italian Red Cross, to help with the ongoing relief efforts on the ground:
- 5 mobile kitchens are distributing about 14,000 meals per day
- Teams of volunteer doctors and nurses are providing medical aid and assistance at the 4 medical posts
- 30 Italian Red Cross ambulances are helping move and evacuate affected people
- 2 Italian Red Cross tents are providing first aid services
- Italian Red Cross psychological teams are helping families hit by the tragedy deal with the emotional toll
History of American Red Cross and Italian Red Cross partnering
- During WW1, Ernest Hemingway was an American Red Cross volunteer in Italy.
- More recently, the American Red Cross provided assistance after the earthquake in 2002.
Read more about Red Cross efforts in Italy.