The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare and respond to emergencies such as home fires, flooding and tornados. In the Cedar Rapids area, 218 active volunteers are trained and ready to respond. Blood collection provided by the Red Cross delivers critical blood and blood products to local hospitals. Red Cross trains thousands in Iowa with lifesaving skills such as First Aid and CPR. Red Cross also provides emergency services to the armed forces, helping families reconnect with family members abroad.