The American Red Cross of Alaska
Serving the Entire State of Alaska
Mission - The Alaska Chapter of the American Red Cross is a humanitarian
organization, led by volunteers, that helps people prevent, prepare for and
respond to life threatening emergencies.
Structure – The American Red Cross of Alaska is responsible for delivering
programs and services through the following offices:
Anchorage Office and Chapter Headquarters: 235 East 8th Avenue, Suite 200,
Anchorage, AK 99501, (907) 646-5400.
Elmendorf Air Force Base: 8517 20th Avenue, Room 108, Elmendorf AFB, AK
Fairbanks Office: American Red Cross of Alaska, Tanana Valley District, 725
26th Ave., Fairbanks, AK 99701, (907) 456-5937.
Fort Wainwright: 1024 Apple Street, Ft. Wainwright, AK 99703, (907) 353-7234
Juneau: American Red Cross of Alaska, Southeast Alaska District, 3200 Hospital
Drive, Suite 203, Juneau, AK 99801, (907) 463-5713.
Kenai Peninsula Office: American Red Cross of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula
District, 503 Frontage Road, Kenai, AK 99611, (907) 283-4556.
Kodiak Office: Kodiak Island District, 610 Mill Bay Road, Kodiak, AK 99615,
Mat-Su Valley Office (Wasilla): American Red Cross of Alaska, Mat-Su Valley
Branch Office, 931 W. Commercial Drive, Wasilla, AK 99654, (907) 357-6060.
Toll Free: 1 (800) 345-4376
Personnel – The American Red Cross of Alaska has approximately 22 full-time
and part-time employees and a volunteer force of about 1,000 who serve in
various capacities. Volunteers are the backbone of the organization, and more
are always needed. Anyone interested in volunteer opportunities should be
directed to the web site at alaska.redcross.org.
Funding - The American Red Cross of Alaska is NOT a government agency.
Many people mistakenly believe it is and, as a result, that the Red Cross
receives government funding. Although some Congressional funding may be
provided for extraordinary disaster response missions and the biomedical/blood
services program, Red Cross program funding comes from generous donations
from businesses and individuals.
Programs and Services - The American Red Cross of Alaska is working every
day and night in our community to help make it a safer and healthier place to
live. The following is what your Alaska Red Cross provides to our communities
Disaster Response/Relief - Hardly a day goes by without a Red Cross volunteer
Disaster Action Team responding to an emergency, usually a house or
apartment fire. All disaster assistance is FREE and takes the form of
immediate food, new clothes and safe lodging. Red Cross provides much more:
replacement eyeglasses, prescription medicines, bedding, linen and other
essential household items. Clients are given a client assistance card, similar to
a debit card, that is loaded with the amount deemed necessary for their
family’s particular emergency needs. Caseworkers meet with families after the
disaster to provide continuing assistance, which might also include referrals to
other agencies. Red Cross volunteers and staff do all they can to get disaster
clients back on their feet, under their own power as quickly as possible.
Assisted more than 1,000 Alaskan disaster victims with emergency food,
clothing, and shelter.
Armed Forces Emergency Services - Red Cross serves as the Congressionally-
mandated emergency message link between military service members
separated from their families. If emergency messages need to reach a service
member quickly, the American Red Cross, starting at the local chapter level,
will accept the message and enter it into the worldwide communications
system. Red Cross works closely with the Defense Department and each
service to ensure messages are relayed and delivered as quickly as possible.
Call (907) 753-7234 (Fort Wainwright) or (907) 552-5253 (Elmendorf).
Connected more than 4,500 Alaskan service members with their families.
International Services - The Red Cross is an international organization, and
Anchorage, Alaska has become an international city. Families separated by
war, civil unrest, natural disaster or the Holocaust can receive help in tracing
the whereabouts of loved ones by contacting the American Red Cross of
As part of the world's largest humanitarian network, the American Red Cross
alleviates the suffering of victims of war, disaster and other international
crises, and works with other Red Cross and Red Crescent societies to improve
chronic, life-threatening conditions in developing nations.
The American Red Cross of Alaska also provides:
• Tracing and messaging services for families separated by disaster,
armed conflict, civil unrest or changing world conditions.
• Training in humanitarian principles, international humanitarian law
and the specific provisions of the Geneva Conventions - the
framework of rights that protects people caught in international
• Family tracing for the survivors of WWII-related events such as The
• Information on the work of the American Red Cross and our partners
• For more information about our International Services program,
please call (907) 646-5412.
Connected 4 families separated by war and/or disaster.
Health and Safety - Red Cross teaches a variety of health and safety courses
including First Aid/CPR/AED, Wilderness First Aid, Lifeguarding, and
Babysitting. The chapter also provides an extensive HIV/AIDS education
program and trains many instructors who then teach in other community
programs. For further information check our website at alaska.redcross.org.
Trained more than 32,000 Alaskans in life-saving skills.
Youth Programs and Services
Educational Programs - Red Cross youth programs are offered in schools and
through church and community groups. They teach kindergartners through
seniors how to make safe, healthy choices; save lives with first aid and CPR;
even develop job skills for babysitting and lifeguarding . For more information,
see School Programs.
Volunteer Opportunities - Red Cross School Clubs and youth councils give
young people a chance to apply their leadership skills and make a difference
through community service. Besides learning the value of helping others,
volunteering gives you a chance to make friends, build self-confidence and
feel good about yourself.
Community Disaster Education - Red Cross representatives often address
various groups on many disaster preparedness topics. Educational materials
are available that provide information on how to prepare for tornadoes,
hurricanes, floods, heat and winter storms, fire and terrorist events and much
more. The Red Cross “Together We Prepare” course is designed to teach
individuals and families how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters.
All CDE courses are free. To schedule a speaker at your next event, please
contact the Red Cross office nearest you, or visit www.alaska.redcross.org.
Community Services – The American Red Cross of Alaska’s community
programs are designed to improve the health, safety and well-being of people
living in the state of Alaska, especially in underserved neighborhoods.
Fed more than 24,000 Alaskans through the Emergency Food Program.
The American Red Cross supplies over 50% of the nation’s blood needs,
however all of Alaska’s blood supply is managed by the Blood Bank of Alaska.
Donated blood is always in need. Anytime you have a chance to encourage
people to give, please do. There are several fixed-site donor locations
throughout the state. For more information, please visit
Together, we can save a life!