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Wilkes County Red Cross Blue Ridge Piedmont Chapter 

1375 Lenoir Rhyme Blvd. Hickory, NC 28602 828.322.4151

The Blue Ridge Piedmont Chapter serves a population of more than 935 thousand people within the counties of Alleghany, Alexander, Ashe, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln, Watauga and Wilkes. The Blue Ridge Piedmont Chapter is part of the Greater Carolinas Region which consists of 5 chapters. Together, the chapters proudly serve more than 5.5 million people across 51 counties, 47 in North Carolina and 4 counties in South Carolina.

Mission Statement:

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 is a worldwide institution in which all societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other.

To learn more about the Blue Ridge Piedmont Chapter of the American Red Cross and to volunteer, please go to: 

Greater Carolinas Region Red Cross Volunteers

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Learn more about how to prepare, plan and stay informed for the following emergencies typical in the Wilkes County Area:  





Heat Wave





Winter Storm

Other Emergency Hazzards


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Additional Preparedness Resources:  

Emergency App

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Get the Red Cross Emergency! App that will put all of the above information and more at your finger tips on your iPhone or Android Phone!  This all-inclusive app lets you monitor more than 35 different severe weather and emergency alerts, to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

iPhone Users: Download on the App Store

Android Users:  Get It On Google Play

Or Text: "GETEMERGENCY" to 90999 


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First Aid App:  Get instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies.

iPhone Users: Download on the App Store

Android Users: Get it on Google Play

Or text: “GET FIRST” to 90999


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Blood Donation App:  Schedule and manage appointments, complete your RapidPass®, get notified when your blood is on its way to a patient, view results from your mini-physical, and more.

iPhone:  Download on the App Store

Android:  Get it on Goggle Play

Or text: "BLOODAPP" to 90999  


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Pet First Aid:  Be prepared to help your furry friends with veterinary advice for everyday emergencies.

iPhone: Download on the App Store

Android: Get it on Google Play

Or text: "GETPET" to 90999

 All of the above apps can be downloaded for free!

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Learn how to prepare! We are available to provide presentations to your group for the follow topics listed below.  Due to Covid-19, and in accordance with CDC guidlines we have suspended in-person presentations.  We are available to provide virtual presentations over the internet.  If you are interested, please call the Blue Ridge Piedmont Red Cross Chapter: 828-322-4151, or the American Red Cross Greater Carolinas Region: 704-376-1661.

A disaster or emergency that can directly affect your daily life can happen at any time, sometimes without warning. Thankfully, there are things you can do to be prepared, respond safely and help speed your recovery. These tips from the Red Cross can help you know what to do before, during and after a disaster or emergency.

Prepare with Pedro is a joint product of FEMA and the American Red Cross. The Prepare with Pedro Disaster Preparedness Activity Book is designed to teach young children and their families about how to stay safe during disasters and emergencies.    

The Pillowcase Project:  Developed in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina, the goal of the project is to help create a generation of children who understand the science of hazards, and are empowered to take action preparing for emergencies.

Be Red Cross Ready: Everyone knows the Red Cross helps people during emergencies. But you may not know that it’s also part of our mission to help you help yourself! Becoming “Red Cross Ready” for an emergency means following our simple steps in advance to ensure you can weather a crisis safely and comfortably. Being prepared may not prevent a disaster, but it will give you confidence to meet the challenge.

Hands-Only CPR:  If you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse, hands-only CPR is the recommended form of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). It not only increases the likelihood of surviving breathing and cardiac emergencies that occur outside of medical settings, but it's simple to learn and easy to remember. 

Be Red Cross Ready for Sr. Adults:  Senior Adults are especially vulnerable in times of emergency.  They face multiple challenges that require a support team to ensure their safety and recovery.  This training focuses on how to overcome those challenges, and develop a plan in advance of an emergency.

Ready Rating:  The American Red Cross Ready Rating program is a free, self-guided program designed to help businesses, organizations and schools become better prepared for emergencies. Members complete a ReadyGo or ReadyAdvance assessment and have access to tools, tips and best practices to help improve their level of preparedness.


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