Red Cross says it's handling twice as many climate disasters than a decade ago

The American Red Cross says it's boosting service to prepare for more damage from climate-related disasters. (Image courtesy of American Red Cross)

As the climate crisis continues to cause floods, wildfires, extreme heat and other major events, the American Red Cross is launching an ambitious new effort to help families cope.

The organization also faces a national shortage of blood donations, which are crucial for saving lives in an emergency.

Trevor Riggen is president of humanitarian services at the American Red Cross, where he leads Volunteer Services, International Services, seven field-based divisions, and 59 regional chapter operations, where these services are typically delivered. 

Riggen says that areas that have never experienced various types of disasters before are experiencing them more frequently now, and there is a lot people can do to prepare.

Christopher Alston contributed to this report.