American Red Cross

Hi Everyone! 

The American Red Cross is most well known for their blood drives and disaster relief services but they are also a very important resource for military families.  Some of the services they provide for military families are:
  • Emergency Communications regarding birth, death, severe illness or other family emergencies
  • Health and Welfare Inquiries
  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Information, Referral and Advocacy
  • Health and Safety Courses
  • Volunteer Opportunities
 The emergency communications (AMCROSS Message) is very important when an emergency happens while your sailor is away.  Commands rely on these verified messages to make a decision regarding emergency leave.  Many commands require one of these messages even if the sailor has received an email or phone call regarding the emergency.  I will provide more information on emergency leave in a later post.

To request a Red Cross Message, you will first need to gather the following information, then call 800-951-5600 or 800-660-4272.  It is also always a good idea to contact your command's ombudsman so that they can let the command know to expect the message.  This can help to expedite the process of Emergency Leave.

You will need your service member's:
  • Full Name, Rate and Rank
  • Date of Birth
  • Branch of Service
  • Social Security Number
  • Command Address
In the case of a family member's death, you will need to provide the following:
  • Name of the Deceased
  • Relationship to Service Member
  • Name and Contact Information of the Funeral Home, Coroner, etc
In the case of a family member's illness, you will need to provide the following:
  • Name of the Family Member who is Ill
  • Relationship to Service Member
  • Name and Phone Number of the Attending Physician
    • Please make sure to first advise the physician that you are going to be sending a Red Cross message as some physicians will require that you sign a release form before they will give any information to the Red Cross which can delay the delivery of your message
In the case of a break down of child care or child care emergency, you will need to provide the following:
  • Name and phone number of the guardian who was to be providing child care
  • Name and phone number of the person currently providing child care
  • Name and phone number of the case worker (if Child Protective Services is involved)
  • Case Number (if CPS is involved)
You can also visit their website for more detailed information at www.redcross.org.

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