Each year, the American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 natural and man-made disasters in the United States, ranging from fires to hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous materials spills, transportation accidents and explosions. In Oregon and Southwest Washington, Red Cross volunteers respond twice a day to such disasters.
Red Cross disaster relief focuses on meeting people's immediate emergency needs caused by disaster. The Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and emotional health service to address basic human essentials, and assist individuals and families in resuming their normal daily activities independently.
The Red Cross also supports emergency first responders including fire fighters and police in cases of special need such as a search and rescue. Our volunteers handle inquiries from concerned family members outside the disaster area, provide blood and blood products to disaster victims, and help people affected by disaster access other available resources.